Maplewood State Park is located in the Heartland region of central Minnesota near Pelican Rapids and Detroit Lakes.
How to Get to Maplewood State Park Drive 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Highway 108. This is the only entrance to the park.
Maplewood’s Natural Attractions: The hardwood trees in the park include oak, elm, basswood, and sugar maples. The red, orange, and gold autumn colors make this park a stunning destination for fall color tours.
A drive or hike through the park is a great way to see a variety of wildlife.More than 150 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, and many reptiles and amphibians make the park their home. You might see deer, raccoons, rabbits, swallows, warblers, kingbirds, butterflies, and much more.
Things to Do in Maplewood State Park: The eight lakes in the park provide lots of opportunity for fishing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. A fishing pier is available for fishing from shore. A sandy swimming beach and picnic area are located on Lake Lida.
An extensive trail system offers 25 miles of hiking trails, including 2.2 miles of self-guided trails. There are also 20 miles of horse trails. In winter, you can enjoy 20 miles of snowmobile trails, 13 miles of cross-country ski trails and 3 miles of snowshoe trails. A warming house is available.
Several years ago, author Jim Fletcher built several miniature villages with the help of local people and placed them in hidden areas within Maplewood State Park. Visitors to the park enjoy searching for these hidden treasures.
Camping in Maplewood State Park: There are 71 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs; 32 sites have electrical hookups. A horse camp with 24 sites accommodates up to 200 people and there are 3 backpacking sites. In addition, 1 group site is available for up to 30 people. Camper cabins include 3 that are year-round and 2 seasonal cabins. Call the park to inquire or reserve.
If you are there in June, you can attend the International Friendship Festival. Any time of year, you can see the World’s Largest Pelican.
Visit Detroit Lakes, one of the state’s most popular resort towns. Stroll along the mile-long beach. Attend the Northwest Water Carnival in July, and WeFest in August.
Park Entrance Road
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572