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SANDY LAKE, MN

The Sandy Lake Recreation Area is situated at the outlet of Big Sandy Lake in northern Minnesota, 13 miles north of McGregor, MN. The park is noted for its fishing, boating and picnicking on both the lake and nearby Mississippi River. It is the only public campground and beach on ...
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Firewood restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of forest insects and disease. Only firewood certified or approved by a state or federal natural resource agency is permitted. Firewood is available for purchase in the campground. Call (218)654-3145 or Click Here for more information.
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*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

The Sandy Lake Recreation Area is situated at the outlet of Big Sandy Lake in northern Minnesota, 13 miles north of McGregor, MN. The park is noted for its fishing, boating and picnicking on both the lake and nearby Mississippi River. It is the only public campground and beach on Big Sandy Lake.

The site is a part of the historic canoe route that connected the Mississippi River to Lake Superior and major fur trading companies. Artifacts from the area are kept in a small museum located near the dam.

Natural Features:

Big Sandy Lake is a reservoir that was created in the late nineteenth century from the waters of the Sandy River.

A forest of mixed hardwoods and towering red and white pine covers the area. An abundance of wildlife can be found including bald eagles, white-tail deer, black bears, chipmunks, loons, mink, river otters and many others.

Wild rice is harvested from the lake seasonally and wild berries are occasionally found around the area.

Recreation:

Sandy Lake offers many recreational opportunities including camping, boating, swimming, picnicking, birding and hiking. Anglers enjoy fishing the lake and river for Northern pike, walleye, Rock bass, bluegill and crappie.

The original wood dam was built in 1895 and included a lock that allowed steam boats to travel through to the Mississippi River. The original wood structure was replaced with concrete in 1912 and the lock was last cycled in 1956.

Today, the lock house has been converted into a small museum containing historical artifacts of the area. Educational programs are also offered seasonally and are open to the public free of charge.

Facilities:

This campground offers a variety of sites for all kinds of campers, including 43 single family sites, five double family sites and two group sites all with electric hookups. Eight primitive walk-to tent sites (four of which have electrical hookups), a camper cabin with bunk beds and a day-use group picnic shelter are also available.

Amenities include flush and vault restrooms, showers, drinking water, laundry facilities and a dump station. Also within the site are two lake boat ramps, one river boat ramp, docks, a fishing pier, beach, playgrounds and a hiking trail.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby attractions include golf courses, shopping and dining venues, Savannah Portage State Park, Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and many acres of state and county forest land.

Booking Window

CABIN ELECTRIC

Mon Sep 01 2014 - Sat Feb 28 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Tue Sep 02 2014 - Sun Aug 30 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC

Tue Sep 02 2014 - Sun Aug 30 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Tue Sep 02 2014 - Sat Feb 28 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Walk In Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Playground
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Courts
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Museum
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
  • Visitor Center
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
WALK TO $16.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $24.00-$48.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $60.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00-$35.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $60.00
Walk In Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
WALK TO $16.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $24.00-$48.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $60.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00-$35.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $60.00
Walk In Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
WALK TO $16.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $24.00-$48.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $60.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00-$35.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $60.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
WALK TO $16.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $24.00-$48.00
GROUP STANDARD ELECTRIC $60.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $25.00-$35.00
CABIN ELECTRIC $60.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.78833, -93.32833
46°47'18"N, 93°19'42"W

Take Highway 65 for 13 miles north of McGregor, Minnesota. Follow south entrance signs to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SANDY LAKE
22205 531ST LANE
MCGREGOR  MN  55760

Phone Number:

Information:  (218)426-3482