Remote and virtually undeveloped, Garden Island State Recreation Area is the northernmost unit of the Minnesota State Park system. Part of its attraction is the challenge of getting there—as you leave the south shore of Lake of the Woods, the island is 19 miles away and not yet visible on the horizon. But once you arrive, the island itself will charm you. Its quiet beaches beckon you to stroll along the retreating waves.
Garden Island lies along the Ballard snowmobile trail, about 35 miles from Baudette. This snowmobile trail continues up to Oak Island and the Angle Inlet. A ride across the open expanse of snow-covered ice will leave a lasting impression, with a feeling of crossing the Arctic tundra. A shelter is present on Garden Island near this trail as a place to take a break and escape the winter wind. A snowmobile trail from Warroad to the Angle Inlet also runs past the island's western tip.
Picnic Area Tables and fire rings available
Several picnic tables are available for shore lunches.
Picnic Shelter 1 enclosed picnic shelter
Emergency shelter available on the island.
Water Source Lake of the Woods
Fishing In Lake of the Woods
Swimming Beach Within the park
Sandy beach great for swimming or boat docking.