This itinerary is for the one that loves to embrace all things in nature! Fishing at Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area: whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to cast your line and reel in a big catch. The lake is home to various fish species, including northern pike, bluegill, crappie, and walleye. The Greenleaf Lake Pier is located at the public water access (get there via 640th Avenue on the west side of the recreation area). Find out more about planning your trip to the State Recreation Area by clicking HERE.
After a fulfilling morning of fishing, head over to Shaggy’s Bonfire and Grille for lunch, located nearby. This newly remodeled and recently reopened restaurant offers a great atmosphere and delicious food.
For nature enthusiasts and hikers, a visit to the Litchfield Nature Center (also known as Youngstrom Woods) is a must. Located under 9 miles from the Bonfire, this serene forested area provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, no matter the season. The woods offer well-maintained trails that wind through a diverse ecosystem, showcasing an array of plant and animal life.
Looking to extend your adventure? Consider spending the night at one of three campgrounds in Meeker County. Lake Ripley Campground is nestled in a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Ripley. This campground offers a range of camping options, including tent sites and RV hookups – not to mention you’ll be close to Memorial Park & Splash Pad! Spirit of Lake Ripley Campground is located across the lake. Gather around a campfire in the evening, roast marshmallows, and share stories with fellow campers. If you don’t mind driving out of town, head north to try out Lake Koronis Regional Park & Campground. You’ll want to stay an extra day to explore all that this park has to offer!