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Our Mailing Address:
Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association
4210 57th Street NW
Rochester, Minnesota 55901

Telephone: 507-280-9970

Please send questions or suggestions regarding the WLBPA to:

President, Tom Hosier: tom@woodlakebattlefield.com
Vice President, Scott Larson: scott@woodlakebattlefield.com
Vice President, Dennis Dahmes: denny@woodlakebattlefield.com



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The battle interpretation now has two sites available.  First is the acre of state land where the monument has been located since 1910, in the vicinity of Sibley’s 1862 campsite.  An information sign is at this site.

Second is the 54 acres of the ravined area to the north of the creek  and east of 600 Street.  Here much of the battle took place and is open for public interpretation from January 1st through September 30.  Be sure to heed the No Trespass signs from October 1 through December 31.

Directions to the Battlefield:

From Granite Falls, Minnesota…
Take Highway 67 east (past the Upper Sioux State Park and Yellow Medicine River) to Rock Valle Lutheran Church. Turn west (right) on County Road 18. The Monument is on the left about ½ mile from the church.

Continue on County Road 18 about ¼ mile. Turn north (right) on 600 Street (over the small bridge and up the hill). On your right will be the entrance to the Ravine area. Note: No motorized vehicles, metal detectors or horses are allowed on the property.

From Redwood Falls, Minnesota…
Take Highway 67 north from Redwood Falls (past Echo) to County Road 18 (turn before passing Rock Valle Church). The Monument is on the left about ½ mile from the church.

Continue on County Road 18 about ¼ mile. Turn north (right) on 600 Street (over the small bridge and up the hill). On your right will be the entrance to the Ravine area. Note: No motorized vehicles, metal detectors or horses are allowed on the property.

Any one on land outside these two interpretive sights without permission from the land owners will be considered trespassers.

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Wood Lake Battlefield - Minnesota

“This is a very moving experience to be on this virgin battlefield. It is a diamond in the rough.”


Ted Alexander
Chief Historian, Antietam National Battlefield