Renovated historic lodge opens at Camden State Park

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MARSHALL — A Great Depression-era structure at Camden State Park near Marshall has been completely renovated, and the public is invited to see the improvements at the official opening from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 15. This is one of four state park open house days in 2020, when visitors can enter state parks without a vehicle permit for the day.

The Redwood Lodge was constructed by World War I veterans in 1934, a project of the national Veterans Conservation Corps. The renovated lodge will now offer overnight accommodations for up to eight guests beginning Feb. 16. There is no television, internet access or cell phone reception at the lodge.

On the National Registry of Historic Places, the DNR began renovating the building in 2017. Extensive improvements were made to the plumbing, electrical systems, flooring, bedrooms and bathroom. Furniture includes log bed frames, tables and chairs made in central Minnesota. One of the three bedrooms is accessible for people with mobility disabilities.

The renovation was funded through the Parks and Trails Legacy Fund. To make a lodging reservation, go to, or call 1-866-857-2757.


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