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Maplewood State Park 

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Maplewood State Park is located in the Heartland region of central Minnesota near Pelican Rapids and Detroit Lakes.

Maplewood State Park

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. 

Park Highlights:  

  • Wooded hills, deep valleys, and eight clear lakes attract visitors to this park. Lake Lida is the largest of the lakes, and the campground is situated on its east shore. A short hike will take you to Halloway Hill Overlook for stunning views of the lake and park.
  • This is Minnesota’s seventh largest state park and encompasses 9,250 acres. An archeological site within the park, the Maplewood Site, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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.  

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Glendalough State Park, Buffalo River State Park, Lake Carlos State Park 


39721 Park Entrance Road
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572

Phone: 218-863-8383

Email: maplewood.statepark@state.mn.us

More Attractions in This Region: Visit Pelican Rapids, one of the most ethnically diverse small towns in Minnesota. A complete guide to Minnesota state parks is our own Kindle book Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay

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