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The Willmar Lakes Area, in beautiful Kandiyohi County, is Where the Lakes Begin in West Central Minnesota. The Willmar Lakes Area has over 360 lakes, which provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities. We have fun festivals all year round, museums and many sights to see. We have all your lodging options available including hotels/motels, campgrounds and beautiful resorts on the lake. Call today for your free vacation planner. Our Lakes: There is no better place to relax than on our sandy beaches, gentle waves cool, pure water rolling ashore. Nestled amidst the gently rolling countryside of Kandiyohi County are more than 360 lakes for you to explore. Sink your toes in the sand, take a dip in our refreshing waters, or troll for a trophy catch.Our Lodging: The Willmar Lakes Area has a long tradition of hospitality. Whether you are looking for a resort on the lake, a comfortable hotel/motel or a place to pitch a tent, the Willmar Lakes Area has it!Our Activities: Enjoy the lush countryside of the Willmar Lakes Area from high atop Mount Tom at Sibley State Park, or bike through the scenery along our 22 mile Glacial Lakes Trail. However you enjoy the outdoors, Kandiyohi County has a park or trail for you. Take your pick from among dozens of city and county parks, many of which are equipped with picnic shelters, swimming beaches and fishing piers. Explore Sibley State Park, one of Minnesota's most popular parks. Whether you are looking for a challenge or a relaxing round of golf, the Willmar Lakes Area has it all for you. Looking for a winter getaway? The Willmar Lakes Area is a four season playground, with nearly 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails connecting with Minnesota's state-wide trail network. Cross-country skiing is also popular, with trails for skiers of all skill levels to choose. Our Location: The Willmar Lakes Area is located 90 miles west of the Twin Cities on Hwy. 12. Or from the Metro area, take I-94 to Hwy. 23 S. Continue south on Hwy 23 to the Lakes Area.