Lake Louise State Park 

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Lake Louise State Park is located in the Prairies region of southern Minnesota near Harmony.

Lake Louise State Park

Park Highlights: 

  • Water recreation is provided by the Little Iowa and Upper Iowa rivers that join in the park, as well as by Lake Louise. A footbridge across an inlet connects the lake to the campground on its eastern shore. 
  • The Lake Louise area is one of the oldest recreation destinations in the state. In early days it was known as Wildwood Park. In 1962, the town of Le Roy donated the 70-acre park to the state. Acquisition of surrounding land now gives the park its 1,168 acres.  

Lake Louise’s Natural Attractions: The diverse habitat in the park includes wetlands, rivers, the lake, and wooded areas. Many species of birds and mammals live here, including deer, squirrels, raccoons, beaver, red fox, reptiles, and amphibians, including the prairie skink.  

This is a great place to bird watch, with over 141 species reported, including 19 species of warblers and 5 species of vireos. The purple-fringed orchid blooms here, as well as many other native wildflowers. 

Things to Do in Lake Louise State Park: Boat or canoe on Lake Louise. Fish in the lake or on the river, and enjoy the swimming beach and picnic grounds. Horseback riding on the 9.7 miles of designated trails through the park is a popular activity. 

Other trails include 11.6 miles of hiking trails, 14.2 miles of paved bike trails, and 1 mile of self-guided trail. In winter, 9.6 miles of snowmobile trails wind through the park and connect to snowmobile trails outside the park. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park. Local groups sometimes groom trails for cross-country skiing. 

Camping in Lake Louise State Park: This peaceful campground is not as busy as other nearby state parks. There are 20 drive-in sites; 11 have electrical hookups. A horse camp offers 6 sites that will accommodate up to 36 people, and 2 group camp sites accommodate up to 30 people each. Campsite amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, showers, vault toilets, and a dump station.

More Attractions in This Region:  Visit Harmony Minnesota for amazing shopping, a cave visit and Amish tours with visits to farms and Amish-run businesses.  Four miles outside of Harmony you can explore Niagara Cave, with its stalactites, stalagmites, and underground waterfall.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park > Myre Big Island State Park > Beaver Creek Valley State Park


c/o Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park:
21071 County 118 Preston, MN 55965
Phone: c/o Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park: 507-352-5111

Lake Louise State Park

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