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Lake Shetek State Park 

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 Lake Shetek State Park is located in the Prairies region in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, near Slayton and Walnut Grove.

Lake Shetek State Park

How to Get to Lake Shetek State Park:  Drive 14 miles northeast of Slayton on County Road 38. 

Park Highlights:

  • Lake Shetek is the source of the Des Moines River and one of the largest lakes in southern Minnesota. The area was once treeless grassland, and efforts are underway to restore the native prairie.
  • The Koch Cabin and a pioneer monument commemorate early settlers in the area. There are also four other early pioneer cabins

Lake Shetek’s Natural Attractions:  The park name, “Shetek,” is Ojibwe for “Pelican.” You are likely to see these beautiful birds and you may also observe several species of ducks, herons, deer, fox, coyote, muskrat, beaver, and squirrels. At Eastlick Marsh, interpretive signs and an observation deck with a spotting scope offer an opportunity for “up close” viewing.

Wildflowers that bloom in this park include blazing star, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, vervain, sunflowers, and bottle gentian.  

Things to Do in Lake Shetek State Park: Swim at the beach and enjoy the picnic area at the lake. Make use of the playground, volleyball court, and soccer field. Fish from the fishing pier, or by boat, for northern pike, walleye, crappie, and bullheads. Boats, kayaks, and canoes are available for rent.

Hike the 14 miles of trails, including 1.5 miles of self-guided trail. Walk across the causeway to Loon Island, a bird sanctuary, where you can hike an interpretive trail. There are 6 miles of paved bike trails and, in winter, 5 miles of snowmobile trails. A warming house is available in winter. 

Camping in Lake Shetek State Park: All of the campsites are in a grove of trees on a peninsula of Lake Shetek. There are 70 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs; 64 campsites have electrical hookups. You could also choose one of the 8 cart-in sites, including one at Park Lake. The Wilderness Group Camp accommodates up to 30 people. Four camper cabins are also available year-round. Call the park to reserve. Campground amenities include picnic tables, fire rings and grills, showers, flush toilets, and a dump station.

Download our Minnesota State Parks E-book to take with you on your travels: Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay

More Attractions in This Region: Many historic sites are found in this area. You can visit Jeffers Petroglyphs to see ancient carvings. Pipestone National Monument, the Sod House on the Prairie, and Walnut Grove of “Little House on the Prairie” fame are all great side trips.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Camden State Park > Split Rock Creek State Park > Blue Mounds State Park > Kilen Woods State Park


163 State Park Road
Currie, MN 56123

Phone: 507-763-3256

Email: lakeshetek.statepark@state.mn.us

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