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Plum Creek Park History

Plum Creek Park History

Approved 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:

  • Pleasurable 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.
  • Self-rental kayak and paddle board station available.
  • 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


Awarded $818,539 in grant funding from Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails for upgrades to waterfront at Lake Laura.


Upgraded all seasonal sites in the campground to 50 Amp service. Upgraded dugouts on the lower park ball field.


Added a vault toilet on the north side of Lake Laura along walking trail.


4 primitive tent campsites developed on the north side of Lake Laura, and 4 in the Lower Park


Awarded $30,00 from Greater Minnesota Parks and Trails to upgrade overnight RV sites to 50 Amp service.


Kayak and Paddle Board rental station added


6 Camper Cabins constructed


Awarded $301,435 in grant dollars for park improvements


Plum Creek Park website built to accept online reservations


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


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


Internet access becomes available in the campground


Sixteen campsites were added


Campground was constructed along with restrooms and showers


The dam is built and Lake Laura is born


Picnic shelter built in the upper park


Shelter in lower park is constructed


Softball field is created


Park officially opens for use