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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. Head out on the Prairie Pothole trail for the views of the native prairie grasses and wildflowers.

What you'll see: There has been a lot of leave color change this week. Near roads and in open areas many trees have turned color and would be near peak. Out in the woods and on trails there is still a lot of green.

Also of interest: Also check out Inspiration Peak State Wayside Rest which is about a 40 minute drive from Lake Carlos State Park. Directions are available at the park office.

Last updated: September 23, 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.