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Lake Carlos State Park

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Where to go: Hidden Lake and Maple/Basswood Trail for a forested hike. Native prairie grasses and wildflowers have past peak on the Prairie Pothole Trail.

What you'll see: A lot of leaves changed this week. Out in the woods and on trails there is still a lot of green. Many ash are starting to drop their leaves. Most Maples are in the process of changing color - varying from Green to Gold to Red. Red Oaks are showing a hint of color but remain mainly green.

Also of interest: Also check out Inspiration Peak State Wayside Rest which is about a 40 minute drive NW of Lake Carlos State Park. Last weekend the color change was starting but not peaked. This weekend it should be much more colorful. Directions are available at the park office.

Last updated: October 1, 2014 

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Getting there

2601 County Road 38 Northeast
Carlos, MN 56319

The park entrance is located 10 miles north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then 2 miles west on Highway 38.


Phone: 320-852-7200

Email: lakecarlos.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.