Plum Creek Park

Plum Creek Park History

Plum Creek Park History

Lake LauraApproved by the County Planning Commission in 1968, Plum Creek County Park officially opened in 1969 to the public. The Park has expanded over the years and now covers 215 acres and features camping, hiking, a 9-hole Frisbee disc course, playgrounds, picnic facilities, swimming and fishing opportunities. Seven grants were awarded to the county to help acquire and develop this park.

Plum Creek County Park offers a wide range of first class recreational opportunities. Overall, the parks recreational features are well used and consistently engage its visitors in the natural beauty and historic nature of the park.

Recreational activities available at the park:

  • Hiking-TrailPleasurable hiking opportunities with two different trail systems. Mostly flat terrain makes the trails accessible to a wide variety of people.
  • Lake Laura offers the one of the only body of water in Southwest Minnesota that remains swimmable throughout the warm summer months. The lake is utilized extensively throughout the summer by citizens in the region as well as those who are travelling through the area.
  • Fishing opportunities at Lake Laura.
  • Newly installed boat access ramp for easy access to the lake for non-motorized boats.
  • Playground equipment throughout the park.
  • A lakeside pavilion overlooking Lake Laura which allows groups of people to gather near the lake as well as ample wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • A 9 hole disc golf course which has been delicately placed into the prairie landscape.
  • A self-guided walking tour of the lower park (“When the Prairie Whispers”) offers individuals the opportunity to identify a wide variety of tree species
  • There is ample opportunity for wildlife viewing throughout the entirety of the park.

Park History Timeline

2018

Awarded $301,435 in grant dollars for park improvements

2016

Plum Creek Park is deemed "Regionally Significant" by the Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails Commission

2014

Plum Creek Park is named as one of Minnesota's Best Campgrounds by CBS

2013

Internet access becomes available in the campground

2002

Sixteen campsites were added

1989

Campground was constructed along with restrooms and showers

1978

The dam is built and Lake Laura is born

1975

Picnic shelter built in the upper park

1974

Shelter in lower park is constructed

1973

Softball field is created

1969

Park officially opens for use

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