The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, for those interested in the future of Camden State Park in Lyon County. The open house will take place in the Community Room at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, 201 C St. in Marshall.

DNR staff will be available to discuss the draft management plan amendment and answer questions about possible changes at the state park. Draft recommendations include facilitating a regional trail connection in the park, rehabilitating or rerouting unsustainable trails, developing new single-track mountain bike trails, improving existing campgrounds, and offering new types of overnight lodging opportunities.

Camden State Park, located 10 miles southwest of Marshall, was established in 1935 and preserves a unique portion of the Redwood River valley and surrounding lands. The park offers abundant recreational opportunities, including hiking, horseback riding, biking, swimming, picnicking, fishing, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

The draft management plan is available online (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/parks/camden.html).

Those unable to review and comment on the draft management plan amendment at the open house can submit comments via phone or email through Friday, Nov. 2. For more information, contact Colin Kelly, DNR Parks and Trails planner, colin.kelly@state.mn.us, 651-259-5606, or Bill Dinesen, Camden State Park manager, bill.dinesen@state.mn.us, 507-865-4530.

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