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Monson Lake State Park is located in the Heartland region of southwestern Minnesota near Willmar.    

Monson Lake State Park

How to Get to Monson Lake State Park: Drive 20 miles northwest of Willmar on State Highway 9 to the park entrance. Access is off State Highway 9, just west of Sunburg, via County Road 95.

Park Highlights:

  • This small, 187-acre state park was created in 1923 as a memorial to the members of the Broberg and Lundborg families who died in the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862.  A plaque in the park details what happened here.
  • Most of this area is prairie; however, the park is a relaxing spot to experience prairie, wetlands, and woodlands in a pleasing balance.

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Monson Lake’s Natural Attractions: The two lakes, Monson and Sunburg, offer habitat that supports flocks of white pelicans, blue herons, and many songbirds. The wooded lakeshore is comprised of oak, ash, and basswood.

Things to Do in Monson Lake State Park:  Fish Monson Lake, from your boat or from the fishing pier, for walleye, northern pike, bass, and sunfish. If you rent a canoe, a short portage to Sunburg Lake will give you access to paddling and fishing there as well. 

Picnic in the shady area near the lake. You will find picnic tables, fire rings, a horseshoe court, and a play area. The open-sided stone picnic shelter has electricity and a fireplace. 

Enjoy views of both lakes on a short hike through woodlands on the 1.2 miles of hiking trails. 

Camping in Monson Lake State Park:  The quiet campground has 20 sites for tents and RVs; six with electrical hookups. Showers and flush and vault toilets are available. 

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Monson Lake State Park
More Attractions in This Region: Visit Willmar and stop in at the Kandiyohi County Historical Museum to learn more about area history. In nearby Spicer, you might visit the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota:  Glacial Lakes State Park  > Sibley State Park


1690 15th Street Northeast
Sunburg, MN 56289

Phone: 320-366-3797

Email: monsonlake.statepark@state.mn.u

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