Where to go: Monson Lake State Park is quite small, the picnic ground is the place to go for a good look at historic park buildings and to find the trailhead if you have time for a nice hike. Hike to the peninsula of Monson Lake for a great view of the lake and any waterfowl that might be passing through the area. For a nice driving tour, take the Glacial Ridge Mn Scenic Byway that passes through Monson Lake State Park and can lead you south to Willmar, or north to Alexandria.
What you'll see: The fall color is past the peak in the Monson Lake area. The primary tree types providing any remaining color are red oak and aspens. Prairies in this part of Minnesota are quite colorful in the fall, and the peak for prairies will last for a brief while.
Also of interest: Fishing can be very good at Monson Lake, and fall is a good time to wet a line and enjoy the crisp days of autumn. The park has a fishing pier located at the boat landing for those wanting to fish without the hassle of bringing a boat.Last updated: October 20, 2014
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1690 15th Street Northeast
Access is off State Highway 9, just west of Sunburg, via County Road 95.
Phone: 320-366-3797 or 320-354-2055 (Sibley State Park)
For information on this park, contact Sibley State Park at 320-354-2055 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.