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Location: Near SD border.  I-90 exit 12. Appx 5 mi N of Luverne on US 75

Lodging: drive-in campground (one tipi site), walk-in sites, group camp

Activities: hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, playground

Lake/River: Mound Creek

Special Attractions: bison herd, rock alignment, quartzite cliff, wayside chapel (south of park)

Blue Mounds DNR

Southwest Minnesota

Camped here in 2007 & 2008. The campground is very open with little shade. The most secluded site, if one can call it that, is 73. My first time camping here was met with screaming children up till midnight and an unfortunate fall onto a pile of wood that left my shin swelled up and a bruise that lasted a couple years. The trails are all very nice, but make sure to wear sunscreen and bug spray. There is very little shade and there are abundant woodticks. The park also has signs about the rock alignment which is a 1,250 foot line of rocks that are perfectly aligned with the sunrise & sunset on the first days of spring & fall. Keep in mind that this area is prone to thunderstorms during the summer. Happened both times I camped there. In the spirit of interstate tourism promotion, if you have time- hop the border and visit Palisades State Park north of Brandon, SD.

Blue Mound Wayside Chapel

Discipline: Goose Style

Hindsight

Siblings of naughty gosling

View from Cliffline Trail

Old quarry

Sunset at Eagle Rock

Yellow flower of the Prickly Pear Cactus

Bison herd

Eagle Rock: Elevation 1730'

Spiderwort

How excited I was to see Prairie Smoke for the first time