- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—If spending a weekend at the lake, but not spending a ton on camping equipment, sounds like a good idea, a trip to Roy Lake State Park might be in your future.

There are 87 electric and 14 tent camping sites, plus two state-owned camping cabins. There is also a privately run resort on state park property featuring eight cabins and six condominiums, complete with modern kitchens.

“It’s for people on a little bit longer stays who want a little bit more facilities,” park manager Dan Grewing said. “You get people staying for four, five days, a week at a time.”

The resort is open year-round, which is ideal for ice anglers, Grewing said.

“A lot of parks don’t have that advantage,” he said. “Once you get into late November, a lot of the comfort stations are closed down, so they don’t have a shower or flush toilets in the winter time.”

It’s the fishing — on Roy Lake and other area lakes — that make the park and resort an ideal place to stay, Grewing said.

“They’re all really good fishing lakes, so it’s really a good fishing destination for people,” he said.

But if fishing’s not your thing, the park offers a short hike that takes visitors to Roy Island, Grewing said.

Roy Lake State Park has two sides — on the east and west side of the lake — with the camping sites split between the two, Grewing said.

Amenities include a fish cleaning station, a disc golf course, kayak rentals and game checkout, he said. Each side of the park has a beach, but the west side has a bigger beach that is full on hot days, especially on weekends.

Kayak and canoe rentals are a popular activity, Grewing said.

“That’s kind of fun,” he said. “We’ve got a back bay area that, even if the wind is blowing, that’s usually fairly calm back there, so even on a fairly windy day they can still go canoeing and kayaking on that back bay. It’s kind of fun for people to just paddle around and see the different things.”

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