Make Menahga Your Four-Season Vacationland!

The City of Menahga has a 40-acre Memorial Park located just South of town off Highway #71. The park is filled with stately pines, beautiful birch and hardwood trees. The park offers camping facilities, most of which have water and electrical hook-ups. The park also features two sheltered pavilions and other picnic facilities and a RV dump station.  Call City Hall at 564-4557 for reservation of the pavilions.  There also is a beautiful 12-Tee Disc Golf course available for the public.  

The City owns and maintains a public beach on Spirit Lake known for its white sugar-sand. It is open everyday during the summer months.  The large T-shaped fishing pier is for the public to use. The pier is sponsored by the Menahga Conservation Club, it is owned by the DNR, and is maintained by the city. A public access for boats is nearby.

The statue of St. Urho, the legendary patron saint of Finland, is located along Highway 71. The statue serves as a way for visitors to remember Menahga and an exciting way for citizens to celebrate their Finnish ancestry on St. Urho's Day. Many visitors stop by the statue for some great photo shots before leaving from their summer vacation.

The Wadena County Snowmobile Trails run through the City of Menahga. The trails are groomed and maintained by the Wadena County Trail Breakers Inc.

The City of Menahga invites you to stop, visit awhile and enjoy some of the areas "must-see" tourist attractions.

Memorial Forest Park & Campground



Menahga-- Gateway to the Pines and Home to St. Urho

Discover Menahga, Your Four-Season Vacationland

The Menahga Memorial Forest Park and Campground is located along South Highway 71 and covers 40 acres filled with stately pines, beautiful birch and hardwood trees.

The park offers camping facilities, with sites offering electric and water hookups. The park features two sheltered pavilions and other picnic facilities. There is an RV dump station available for a fee.

Each shaded campsite includes a fire ring (for roasting marshmallows and frying your catch of the day) and a picnic table (for eating, reading or just sitting around). Our modern shower house provides flush toilets and hot showers.

Children can spend the day frolicking on the playground equipment, or the sandy swimming beach at Spirit Lake is just a short 1/4 mile away.

Spirit Lake also offers a large T-shaped fishing pier for the public to use. A public access for boats is also nearby.

Venture into Menahga to visit our friendly merchants who will assist you with all of your camping needs including firewood.

12 - Tee Disc Golf

Join your friends or play a round of disc golf solo at the wonderful 12 Tee St. Urho Disc Golf Course!  Scorecards available as well!


Campsite Information
 

Reserve your campsite online or call for assistance. Rates are $40 per night plus tax.

There are 2 primitive sites available at a reduced rate with no electric or water.

We want your stay to be enjoyable and in order to make sure your stay, as well as other campers, is enjoyable, we ask you to follow these rules: 

  • Disorderly conduct is prohibited.
  • Please do not leave your pets unattended.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • Only one RV per site.
  • Fire in non-designated areas is prohibited.
  • Camping is only permitted in the designated campsites.
  • Please do not disturb or remove any vegetation.
  • Possession of a loaded firearm or bow is prohibited.
  • Operation of any motor vehicle not licensed for highway use is prohibited.
  • No loud music or noise between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult.
  • Remove all trash and debris from your campsite when you leave.


Pavilion Rental Information

Interested in renting a pavilion for an event? Pavilions can be rented for $45, plus tax per day. You may reserve the pavilion online by clicking on the "Check Availability" button or by calling City Hall at 218-564-4557. 

Our park and campground features:

  • Picnic Shelters
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Playground
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Volleyball court
  • Short walk to Spirit Lake
  • 12-Tee Disc Golf Course
  • Menahga merchants who love to help you enjoy your time with us!

Questions? Give Menahga City Hall a call at 218-564-4557 or email us at: menahgacampground@cityofmenahga.com

St Urho


St. Urho Statue
The statue of St. Urho, the legendary patron saint of Finland, is located along Hwy. 71 South. The statue serves as a way for visitors to remember Menahga and an exciting way for citizens to celebrate their Finnish ancestry on St. Urho Day. The park grounds surrounding St. Urho are maintained by the city and community volunteers to make the area attractive to visitors. A story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune included St. Urho as one of the seven "must-see" tourist attractions in the state.

The Legend of St Urho
One of the lesser known, but extraordinary legends of ages past is the legend of St. Urho – patron saint of the Finnish Vineyard workers. 

Before the last glacial period wild grapes grew with abundance in the area now known as Finland.  Archeologists have uncovered evidence of this scratched on the thigh bones of the giant bears that once roamed northern Europe.  The wild grapes were threatened by a plague of grasshoppers until St. Urho banished the lot of them with a few selected Finnish words.

In memory of this impressive demonstration of the Finnish language, Finnish people celebrate on March 16, the day before St. Patrick’s Day.  It tends to serve as a reminder that St. Pat’s Day is just around the corner and is thus celebrated by squares.  At sunrise on March 16, Finnish women and children dressed in royal purple and nile green gather around the shores of the many lakes in Finland and chant what St. Urho chanted many years ago.

“Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, menetaalta hiiteen.”  (Translated: “Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away!)

Adult male, (people, not grasshoppers) dressed in green costumes gather on the hills overlooking the lakes, listen to the chant and then kicking out like grasshoppers, they slowly disappear to change costumes from green to purple.  The celebration ends with singing and dancing polkas and schottisches and drinking grape juice, though these activities may occur in varying sequences.