Sandy Lake Recreation Area
The Sandy Lake Recreation Area is situated at the outlet of Big Sandy Lake, about 120 miles north of Minneapolis. It is located on the canoe route that linked Lake Superior and the Mississippi River. When the dam was built in 1859, it included a lock to pass boat traffic through. This was the farthest north a lock had been built. Today, the lock house has been renovated to display interpretive exhibits and artifacts. The well maintained and clean recreation area offers boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, interpretive programs and playground areas. There are both camp and tent sites. About half of the camping sites are located near the shoreline of Big Sandy Lake and Sandy River, which gives campers easy access to the water. The designated beach located on Big Sandy Lake shoreline is a great place to relax and escape the scorching heat. Three boat ramps are placed around the lake to give access to the river and lake. The fishing sites are isolated from the camp sites so that there is an increased chance of catching fish due to less noise. It also provides a beautiful view of the lake. There is also a trail on the opposite side of the dam from the camp sites. This trail provides a bit of isolation and release from the hectic lifestyle.

Contact Public Affairs

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
Public Affairs Office
332 Minnesota St., Suite E1500
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: (651) 290-5807
Fax: (651) 290-5752