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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: We have not seen a lot of leaf change yet in the park. The best color is the flowers and grasses on the Prairie Pothole trail.

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 17, 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.