OL Kipp State Park

Dakota, Minnesota 55925

OL Kipp State Park

O.L. Kipp State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This is a short hike onto a narrow ridge that gives panoramic views of the Mississippi. Situated on high bluffs alongside the Mississippi River Valley, O.L. Kipp has its fair share of overlooks: eight spots yield panoramic scenes of the river 600 feet below. Many of these spots are accessible from near the picnic area, while the path out to King’s Bluff provides a river overlook, a tour through a hardwood forest, as well as visit to a unique and fragile habitat called a goat prairie.

The park has ample drinking fountains and benches. Portions of the trail are lighted. It boasts two pavilions. The first, the Sadie Ray and Waldo Graf Pavilion, near the trailhead, is a large building that contains tables, benches, restroom facilities, and water fountains. The second is unnamed and along the trail. There are also playgrounds, basketball courts, and a YMCA facility available. The tree canopy is erratic, so wear a cap and use sunscreen."

O.L. Kipp State Park Reviews

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Dakota is a nice little town near the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. This area is famous for gorgeous bluff views and obviously its Mississippi river scenery. Although I hardly found this hike long enough to stretch my legs I really appreciated the river views. On a hot Summer day it is nice simply to watch the boats and barges float by and see the eagles and cranes soar. If you enjoy viewing waterfowl bring some binoculars and check out the various hiking trails around the area. For other hiking or canoeing opportunites in the area cross the border into Wisconsin and head to Trempeleau's Perot state park.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map USGS quad: Pickwick.
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Jul 2018