Glacial Lakes State Park

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Glacial Lakes State Park

Stand on top of the scenic glacial hills and experience the vast, open prairie which once dominated Minnesota. Wildflowers and prairie grasses blanket the landscape from spring through fall.

Swim, fish or boat (electric motors only) in the fresh, clear waters of 56-acre Signalness Lake. Canoe rental is available. A shady, spacious campground is available; horseback riders and backpack campers can camp at the trail center and at remote sites. A picnic area deck overlooks Signalness Lake.

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Visitor Alert

The office for Glacial Lakes State Park is currently closed for the season. Please call Lake Carlos State Park office at 320-852-7200 during office hours of 9 am to 4 pm for more information. The park is open year-round for day use. Water is off for the season. Vault toilets remain available throughout the park. For more information see seasonal updates.

Ice Fishing Frenzy

This program has been cancelled for Saturday, February 17th, due to not enough participants. This program will not be re-scheduled this winter, check back for the 2019 event! Call Lake Carlos State Park for more information (320) 852-7200.


Hiking and horse trails are open year-round. Contact the park for current information.

(Updated Nov. 14, 2017)

Park Notes

Things to see and do at the park

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!

Video about the Park

Watch Pioneer Public Television's Minnesota's Greatest Parks: West,This link leads to an external site.featuring stories about Glacial Lakes State Park. Originally aired May 15, 2014.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Your footprint on the park

Please practice the "Leave No Trace" philosophy. Thank you!

Park is Open Year-round

Camping is available on a long season basis only call the park for season dates. Four camper cabins are available winter season Thursday night - Sunday night. Available daily April - October.

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Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Glacial Lakes State Park.

Park Highlights

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tree Fishing


Best time to contact the park:

Please call Lake Carlos State Park office at 320-852-7200 during office hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


25022 County Road 41
Starbuck, MN 56381

tel: 320-239-2860

fax: 320-239-4605


Getting There

From the town of Starbuck, go 3 miles south on Highway 29, then 2 miles south on County Road 41.