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Sakatah Lake State Park

By Jim Umhoefer
This park is on the edge of two bygone plant communities. The Big Woods to the north was once a great hardwood forest; the prairie to the south and west was an immense sea of rolling grassland. Today, most of the land is cultivated, but Lake Sakatah State Park allows a glimpse into the past.

Sakatah Lake State Park is located in Waterville in Minnesota’s Le Sueur County.

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The picnic area on the shores of Upper Sakatah Lake at Sakatah Lake State Park

The picnic area on the shores of Upper Sakatah Lake

The emergence of bloodroot flowers is a sure sign of spring at Sakatah Lake State Park

The emergence of bloodroot flowers is a sure sign of spring

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Trails
Three miles of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, a paved 39-mile trail between Mankato and Faribault, pass through the park. Hikers can explore five miles of hiking trails, which can be challenging at times.

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail connects Mankato and Faribault and passes through Sakatah Lake State Park

The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail connects Mankato and Faribault

An early-season hike at Sakatah Lake State Park

An early-season hike at Sakatah Lake State Park

Camping/Lodging
62 private, shaded sites are available and two group camp areas accommodate up to 50 people each. A unique feature of this park offers five bike-in campsites to cyclists traveling on the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. For a less rustic experience, Lake Sakatah State Park offers a camper cabin.
Winter
No groomed trails, but snowshoeing is allowed throughout the park.

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