Living

Lakes, Parks & Recreation

If lake life is your dream, then Kandiyohi County is your dream come true. With 360 lakes, the fishing, swimming and boating opportunities are endless. Whether you want to live on the lake or just go play for a day, Kandiyohi County has the perfect spot.

There are acres and acres of parks and trails in Kandiyohi County, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Sibley State Park is home to miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, a public beach, interpretive center and several educational naturalist programs. Join a local astronomer to learn about stargazing, take in the fall colors on an organized walk with a park ranger or go snowshoeing under the full moon. Numerous county and city parks also offer camping, hiking and swimming opportunities.

The Glacial Lakes State Trail is a paved trail that stretches for more than 22 miles in Kandiyohi County. Located on a former railroad line, it’s fairly level and handicap accessible. The trail is great for biking, walking, running, horseback riding, rollerblading and snowmobiling. 

Schedule your next business meeting in a golf cart. Kandiyohi County has five golf courses, both public and semi-private, with a combined 81 holes of golf. For family fun, visit the Big Kahuna, featuring mini-golf, go-carts and bumper boats or take in a show by the national award-winning Little Crow Water Ski Team. For more summer fun, visit the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center or take in a Willmar Stingers’ baseball game at Bill Taunton Stadium. 

For the fitness lover, there are more than a dozen gyms, including the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. Train for the 12-mile Green Lake Road Race, the Green Lake Triathlon or any of the races in the Glacial Lakes Running Series. And if you think running outside is just for the summer months, we’ll change your mind with the annual Turkey Leg 5-K and the Frozen 5-K.