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Olson Park & Campground in Worthington

  • 63 Campsites with Electrical Outlets
  • 5 tent sites
  • Clean Modern Restroom
  • Hot Showers
  • Laundry Tubs
  • Lighted Shelter House
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fire Rings on tent sites
  • Playground Equipment
  • Large Open Area
  • RV Dump Station
  • Water Hydrant
  • Charcoal Grills
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Nearby Boat Landing
  • Picnic Area
  • Fishing From Shore
  • FIshing Dock
  • Hiking / Biking Trail
  Olson Park & Campground in Worthington

There are 68 campsites for campers along Olson Park & Campground in Worthingtonlighted roadways, grass for tenting, shaded sites along beautiful Sunset Bay on Lake Okabena and 63 sites provide electric hookups.

Olson Park & Campground in Worthington

There are clean modern restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers, laundry tubs, lighted shelter house, grills, picnic tables, fire rings, firewood, hiking, swimming, and playground equipment.

A boat loading area and dock are provided by Sunset Park which is right adjacent and easily accessible.

Visitors can get an inkling of what the native prairies looked like when they visit Olson Park. A cooperative venture between the City of Worthington, the Department of Natural Resources and a local 4-H chapter involved prairie restoration of a three acre area of the park. Many wildflowers and native grasses were planted and flourish in the southeast section of the park.

Olson Park & Campground in Worthington

Olson Park & Campground in Worthington

This is quiet, friendly camping from April 1 - October 31. Shopping Mall, Spoomer Auto Museum, Pioneer Village, Dayton House, Walmart, Shopko, many dining facilities and Golf course are nearby.

It's minutes from I-90, go south on 266 to County road 35, go West one mile to County road 10, go South two miles.

For campground reservations call:

507/329-0760

Reservations are accepted with advance payment, rain checks will be offered if you must cancel your reservation.

No cash refunds.

A reservation assures you a camping spot. We will attempt to put you in a specific stall, however we cannot guarantee that the exact stall you request will be yours.

Current rates and other information may be available on the city of Worthington website at: http://www.ci.worthington.mn.us/parks-campground/olson-park-and-campground

HISTORY

Olson Park and Campground was named after industrialist E.O. Olson and his wife, Bella H. Olson, who in April, 1945 donated 55.1 acres of land to the city, for use as park property.

The area was officially named Olson Park in January, 1950.

In October, 1956 an additional approximately 10 acres, along County Road #59 was purchased for $3,000.00, from Genevieve E. Peters for future park site or possible well development purposes.

Two additional purchases, totaling 2.498 acres, along County Road #59 were made in 1956 and 1966, from Agnes and Alvina Haack, with a small portion occupied by Welt Site #20. These additions have become known as park of Olson Park.

The original low area was filled with dredge fill from the Lake Okabena dredging program over a period of years [?]

The park was developed as a campground site in [?]

A footbridge connecting the park to the Sunset Park area of Lake Okabena was built in [?]

Playground equipment was added in 2001. A wild flower native prairie area was added [?], located on southerly property entrance.

New security lighting was installed in 2005.

Restrooms a were added in [?] and are handicap accessible

NOTES: Some of the history is from archives of the Worthington City Government and used by permission. The [?] marks denote information still being saught



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