Freethinking Camping

Come out for an evening of camping with fellow freethinkers!

-Sakatah Lake State Park is more centrally located for both our metro area and Mankato area freethinkers.
-There were NO cabins available any weekends, so tents all around!
-The Lower Group Camp (LGC on the map) site is a hike in site.
-Park entrance is located on State Highway 60, 14 miles east of Faribault, or one mile east of State Highways 13 and 60 in Waterville.
-Check in is after 4pm on Saturday, June 27th. Check out is Sunday, June 28th before 4pm.

Sakatah Lake State Park features biking and hiking trails, a lake, geocaching, and just general camping goodness. Canoe rentals are available at the camp's office on a first come, first serve basis. The camp does also seem to have tents available for rental if you do not have a tent. You can make arrangements directly with the park at their website or by calling them.

Pets are allowed. No electricity. Not handicapped accessible. There will be a charge per person, but that will be dependent on number of people who sign up, so I'll wait until that day. The site costs $50.00 to rent overnight, so if there are 10 people, $5.00 each. I'm sure you can do the math from there. :)

We will have a limit of 50 people, which I doubt we'll reach, and 12 vehicles total. If we have more than 12 vehicles, we'll park in nearby Waterville and ride share. We can arrange this the day we get to camp as needed.

Each vehicle will need a park pass for their windshield. If you don't already have one, they are $4.00 for one day, $25.00 for the year. We can also ride share with vehicles that already have park passes on them.

EXACT CHECK IN DIRECTIONS:

Click here for a park map to follow along with the directions!

If you are heading west on Highway 60 toward the camp, the first sign you will see is Sakatah Lake State Trail. This is NOT the park (the trail is very long), so continue on Highway 60. The park entrance is clearly marked, and you should go there first to check in and get a map/park sticker if you don't already have one. The actual entrance to the group camp is a little more than a mile from the park entrance back east on Highway 60. The road is called Leroy Avenue. Drive north on Leroy Ave for about .5 miles. You will come to a stop sign. Take a right on Highway 99, also called 245th St. Drive east on 245th/99 for about .5 miles. The Lower Group Camp will be on your left. Please see the website for park rules and regs, a park map, and other fancy information about the park. If you have any more questions, like wanting to reserve a Friday night in addition to the Saturday night, you can contact the park directly. If you have any questions specific to this event, you can email Crystal D. at [masked]

Hope to see you there!

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  • Michelle L

    That was fun, and I hope to see everyone around!

    June 30, 2009

  • Ted M.

    Excellent time! Always nice to camp, but particularly with like-minded, fun folks.

    June 29, 2009

  • Angie S.

    We had a really good time meeting everyone. I hope we do it again.

    June 29, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do atheists and mother nature mix? They certainly do.

    June 28, 2009

  • Crystal D.

    I had more fun than I thought I would. I'm not much of a camper, but I think I did all right. :)

    June 28, 2009

  • Marco S.

    Unfortunately, I cannot attend, but I love the idea and I hope that someone puts together another camping event down the road.

    June 26, 2009

  • Angie S.

    When they say it's a hike in site, any idea how far you have to hike in? We got used to station wagon camping so we moved away from "camping light" and want to have an idea how far we'll need to carry our crap and thus, what to leave home.

    June 23, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Reino and Rae, check on Facebook, we have stuff you can use & maybe could carpool

    June 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    We don't think we are going to be able to go because we did not get one of the 25 dollar Aldi tents in time, and we would need to car pool.

    June 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reino and I will need to carpool, its about 155 miles round trip for us and we are already almost over miles on our lease. Anyone interested in helping us in the North out, please contact me and we can work something out for sharing expenses.

    June 14, 2009

  • Crystal D.

    That's fine. I consider it atheist share-able sunscreen. :) That's why we brought it anyway, to share with other heathens. :)

    June 14, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring your sunscreen?

    June 14, 2009

  • Crystal D.

    You don't have all that stuff? How are you going to help us camp, then? :) lol.

    June 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    haha, we dont have all that stuff, thats rediculious...we never owned a harmonica

    June 10, 2009

  • Crystal D.

    I'm bringing 3/2 beer (like the camp brochure says is okay if you read the fine print), my GPS for geocaching, and money for a karaoke bar in Waterville in case I get sick of being outside. Strangely enough, these are also things I keep in my emergency pack. :)

    June 8, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will bring flint and scraper, magnesium, and emergency water in bags, MREs, space blankets, a compass, knives, a mirror for signaling, rope for hanging a bear bag and possibly stringing together branches for a raft, some hooks and line for fishing and setting traps, flares, wind-up flashlight. Oh, and of course the harmonica. - That's just the contents of our emergency pack we keep in the car. Always prepared. ALWAYS.

    June 8, 2009

  • Ted M.

    Mmmmm.... Geocaching...

    May 13, 2009

  • Crystal D.

    PS: For those who aren't into 'roughing' it, Waterville is a semi-cute little town very close to the campground, so if we need food, we'll be okay! :)

    May 6, 2009

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