Great time to check out our state parks

Don't forget the fishing poles.


Tom Watson is an outdoor writer with the skills to hone every story to the facts that matter. He also brings to the page the most important attribute of all. He really knows what he is talking about.
That’s why it’s worth paying attention to his endorsement of the tent camping opportunities that can be found close to home. Watson has recently updated his book, ‘’Best Tent Camping Minnesota” (Menasha Ridge Press, 173-pages). The updated version includes segments on the camping opportunities found locally, including Sibley, Lac qui Parle, Monson and the Upper Sioux Agency State Parks.

Tom Watson


Watson grew up in Minnesota and was an active Boy Scout, which exposed him to lots of camping opportunities in Minnesota. A degree in forestry and work in tourism gave him ample opportunities to experience camping opportunities all over the state. He also lived for 12 years in Alaska, where he promoted tourism in the Kodiak Island area, served as a sea kayak guide, and was active in a wilderness search and rescue team.
A job opportunity initially brought him to Appleton, where he currently lives. It wasn’t until he made the move that he really explored the camping available in this area, and it has left him thoroughly impressed.

Great camping can be found close to home.


He’s had as much fun discovering the camping and outdoor opportunities available here as he has anywhere else. This is the perfect time of year to do our own exploring, and no better place to start than in the state parks close to home.
- Tom Cherveny

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