• sledding
  • trillium
  • tlp-picnic
  • west-twin
  • winter-oaks
  • camden-trail
  • lodge
  • lower
  • oak
  • playground
  • ralco
  • rodeo

Department Contacts

County Parks (507) 532-8214
Brooke Kor (507) 829-3927
Spencer Kor (507) 532-1308
Roger Schroeder - Administrator
(507) 532-1306
Stephanie Bethke-DeJaeghere
(507) 532-1307
Darron Grahn (507) 532-8211
Phone:  (507) 865-4615

Gene Rasmussen - Supervisor
Abby Sullivan-Appel - Accounting



Twin Lakes Park is located at 1097 County Road 51, Ruthton, MN 56170, in Shelburne Township, Lyon County, Minnesota. Currently there are 15 campsites with electrical hookups, but additional sites are planned for 2020.

In 1895 Twin Lakes Park was a the site of School District 57, which later closed in 1947. In the 1950's Twin Lakes drew families from a 50-mile radius to enjoy the swimming beach on West Twin Lake and fishing on both West and East Twin Lake. Then in 2007 Lyon County Board of Commissioners purchased 27.5 acres from a landowner wishing to leave a legacy for others to enjoy. This land between East and West Twin Lakes is a draw for people from the neighboring counties of Lincoln, Pipestone, and Murray; as both lakes are considered to have good fishing in southwest Minnesota.

Opened in 2016, Twin Lakes Park is Lyon County's newest park; nestled between East Twin and West Twin lakes. Twin Lakes Park came to fruition from the desire of a local landowner to leave a legacy with land he owned. Other area landowners have also sold land to the County for future generations to enjoy camping and recreation in the area. Twin Lakes Park exists from partnerships, generous donations, and Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment Funding. A plan for future campground development is in the planning stages. Lyon County hopes to secure additional State Legacy Grant funding in the future for expanding this beautiful park area.


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Nestled in the oaks woods at the top of the old tubing hill, the Garvin Park Warming House provides a scenic vista view of the park; making this a great location in any season for your gathering; whether that is a family reunion, fun day for the kids, or a corporate retreat in a rustic setting. Lyon County has added some new luxuries to the Warming House. The building now offers a big screen television with a DVD player, rustic bar, and furniture to provide users with some inside entertainment on those too cold or wet to sled days. In addition, we have added some warm new touches to the décor, such as a few local pelts and some historic prints and signs that encompass the history of Garvin Park.”The Warming House is now called the Park Lodge and can be used for company get-togethers, family gatherings, sledding weekends, etc.

Book your rental today! Rental - $ 50 Rental Fee
           $ 75 Damage Deposit (refunded upon inspection)
All reservations require a 48-hour advance notice, and a rental agreement (attached below) with the deposit





Garvin Park Reservations are taken through ReserveAmerica.

1. 19 of Garvin Park's 59 campsites can be reserved;

     5 sites in each camping loop can be reserved;

          Lower Campground (Sites 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

          Upper Campground (Sites 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)

          Horse Campground (Sites 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

          4 Tent-Only sites in the primitive camp. (Sites 1, 2, 3, 6)

2. Payment (credit card only) due at time of reservation.

     Fee is $20 / night electric, OR $ 5 / night Primitive (tent only)

     ReserveAmerica carges $ 3.50 per reservation fee, and 2.2% transaction CreditCard transaction fee.

3. Site details (electrical, length of camping pad, etc.) are posted on the Reserve America site map.

4. Walk-ins (1st Come 1st Serve) are not allowed at Reservable Sites.

5. For questions please call Roger Schroeder at (507) 829-5423. 




Lyon County has two parks with camping; Garvin Park (50 sites & Tent Only Camping), and Twin Lakes (17 sites). Both parks have electrical at each site (except primitive camp at Garvin Park. A brief overview of each park follows.



  • Lower Campground: 15 sites with electricity
  • *Campground Host site is Site #11 (lower camp)
  • Upper Campground: 14 sites with electricity, and 1 non-electric site
  • Horse Camp: 17 sites with electricity. (starting August 2013)
  • Primitive Campground: 8 non-electric tent sites. 



  • North Campground: 15 Sites (1 ADA site) with electricity



    $20.00 all campground electrical sites

    $  5.00 primitive campground only (without electricity)


Park Amenities and Facilities: Both park have Shower Facilities, and a Dump Station. (Off Site Dumping for non-registered campers is $5.00). Garvin Park has plenty of recreation, and play space including a softball field, several sets of playground equipment, and disc golf. Twin Lakes is a popular area for fishing and West Twin Lake is for non motor use only making a great place for paddle-boarding, canoe and kayaking.

Maps, Rental Rates, and Park Rules are available below.

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