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Glacial Lakes State Park

Glacial Lakes State Park is located in the Heartland region of Minnesota near Starbuck.

Glacial Lakes State Park

How to Get to Glacial Lakes: Drive 3 miles south of Starbuck on Highway 29, and then 2 miles south on County Road 41.

Park Highlights:

  • This park is one of the few remaining places where you can experience the prairie that once dominated this part of Minnesota. The prairie grasses, colorful birds, and wildflowers enhance the park from spring through fall.
  • Many displays within the park chronicle the advance and retreat of glaciers in the area. These glacial features include kettles, drumlins, eskers, kames, and erratics. Trailside markers will guide you to these.
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Glacial Lakes' Natural Attractions: Mountain Lake, an amazingly pure spring-fed lake, is an attraction for both campers and day visitors. The marshland areas are home to a wide variety of Minnesota wildlife. You may see squirrels, deer, beaver, wood ducks, raccoons, pileated woodpeckers, and coyotes.

Things to Do in Glacial Lakes State Park: Swim in Mountain Lake, and fish either at one of the four fishing piers or by boat (electric motors only). Canoe and kayak rentals are available. An open picnic area deck overlooks the lake. Bring your horse; the park has miles of horse trails and is popular with horseback riders.

Trails in the park include 16 miles of hiking trails, 0.5 miles of self-guided interpretive trail, 5 miles of paved bike trail and 11 miles of horse trail. Trails available in winter include 6 miles of un-groomed cross-country ski trails and 11 miles of snowmobile trails.

Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere in the park, except on groomed trails.

Glacial Lakes State Park Camping

Camping in Glacial Lakes State Park: There are 37 shady drive-in sites for camping tents and RVs; 14 have electrical hookups. Other sites include 4 backpack sites, 1 group camp that accommodates up to 50 people, a horse camp with 8 sites, 2 seasonal camper cabins, and 4 year-round camper cabins. Showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station are provided.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit nearby Glenwood on the shores of Lake Minnewaska, Minnesota's 13th largest lake. Hike up Mt. Lookout for views of the area, and to see the Indian Mounds where Princess Minnewaska and Chief White Bear are buried.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Monson Lake State Park > Sibley State Park

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25022 County Road 41
Starbuck, MN 56381
Phone: 320-239-2860
Fax: 320-239-4605

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