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Camden State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic District
Redwood River Camden.jpg
The Redwood River as viewed downstream from a road bridge in the park.
Camden State Park is located in Minnesota
Camden State Park
Location in Minnesota
Camden State Park is located in the United States
Camden State Park
Location in the United States
Location Lyon County, Minnesota, Off MN 23 SW of Lynd
Nearest city Lynd, Minnesota
Area 2,247 acres (909 ha)
Built 1934
Architect Multiple
Architectural style NPS rustic architecture
MPS Minnesota State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style MPS
NRHP reference No. 89001669
Added to NRHP April 19, 1991

Camden State Park is a state park on the Redwood River in southwestern Minnesota near Marshall. It is used for picnics, camping, hiking, and other outdoor recreation.

The park was acquired in 1934, and development started in 1935 with workers from the Veterans Conservation Corps, an offshoot of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The landscape design in the park was planned by the National Park Service, and the master-planned development allowed the Redwood River to determine the placement of various functional areas in the park. After the VCC finished their development in 1936, the Works Progress Administration dismantled the VCC camp buildings and built the Swimming Instructor's Cabin and the Ice and Wood House. Thirteen buildings and structures, built by the VCC and the WPA, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A 1971 study by the Minnesota Academy of Science and The Nature Conservancy found that Camden State Park contained one of the westernmost natural occurrences of the sugar maple in North America.

In the 1980s, the park began a prairie restoration project. The original sites were two acres or less in size, and contained about 35 grasses and wildflowers. The prairie plants have been maintained and expanded, in part through the use of controlled burns.

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