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La Salle Lake State Park is located in the Heartland region of Minnesota, just north of Itasca State Park and near the towns of Park Rapids and Bemidji.

LaSalle Lake State Park

How to Get to La Salle Lake State Park:  Drive 8 miles north of Itasca State Park to 10221 County Road 9.

Park Highlights:

  • As of this writing, La Salle Lake is not yet a “true” Minnesota state park; it is presently designated as a state recreation area. It will likely become an official state park in the near future. Right now, it is a great alternative for those who want to stay at Itasca State Park but find that most popular state park to be full.
  • The park includes the La Salle Lake Scientific and Natural Area that was purchased in 2010. Red and jack pine forests and woodlands, large white pine, balsam fir and white spruce forests, and a high quality old-growth northern white cedar forest are found within the park boundaries.

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La Salle Lake’s Natural Attractions:  La Salle Lake is 213 feet deep and 221 acres. Clear-running La Salle Creek flows from its source in Itasca State Park and joins the Mississippi River near the Coffee Pot canoe landing. 

The area's diverse habitats support many plants and animals, including river otter, gray wolf, fisher, bald eagle, osprey, loons, trumpeter swans, and many species of woodland warblers.  Only foot traffic is allowed in the wooded interior of the property.

Things to Do in La Salle Lake State Park:  A small boat access with limited parking will get you on the lake to fish for walleye, northern pike, bluegill, and crappies.  The lake is also a great place for canoeing and kayaking. 

There are not yet designated hiking trails; however, hiking throughout the wooded areas and near the lake will bring you to some beautiful spots. Snowshoe in the park in winter.

Camping in La Salle Lake State Park: There are 39 well-spaced campsites for tents and RVs. All sites have electrical hookups, picnic tables, fire rings and grills, sewer, and water. 26 sites are available for advance reservations; 13 are on a first-come, first-served basis. A central building offers modern bathroom and shower facilities.

More Attractions in This Region:  Head over to Itasca State Park for a wider variety of state park experiences. Visit the Mississippi River Headwaters, swim in Lake Itasca, and take a boat cruise on the lake.

Visit the arts community and museums in Bemidji, and take in the Paul Bunyan themed attractions. Park Rapids is a popular resort area with many local lakes that offer rewarding fishing opportunities.  

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota:  Itasca State Park, Lake Bemidji State Park 

Contact Itasca State Park For Information About LaSalle:

Phone: 218-699-7251

Fax: 218-699-7210

Email: itasca.statepark@state.mn.us

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