2016 will see the 50th anniversary of the opening of Mirror Lake State Park to the public. While the initial legislation establishing the park was passed five years prior, August 19, 1966 saw the first official visitors to the park. At that time a few trails, some campsites, and beach access to the lake were available for visitors. From those simple beginnings the park has grown to include almost 2200 acres of land holding 150 campsites, 19 miles of trail, a handicapped accessible cabin, beautiful overlooks, a boat landing, world class cross country ski trails, and public access to over 70% of the shore line of Mirror Lake.
Mirror Lake State Park has seen steady growth in visitation, and many families returning year after year to experience all this beautiful place has to offer. We hope to see many future generations continue to build memories as we move into the second half of a century of outdoor recreation. There have been many private land owners, volunteers, visitors, and staff that have come before this current generation that made sacrifices of time, money, property, and certainly no small amount of blood, sweat, and tears, to leave us with the beautiful place we call Mirror Lake.
Make plans to join the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park and Department of Natural Resources staff as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the park’s opening on Saturday August 13, 2016 with a variety of activities to be held at the park amphitheater. Please contact the park office for more information and a list of activities.