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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert

The park is open year-round for day use. The campgrounds are open for the season.

Fire Danger

Due to the current fire conditions, campfires are only allowed in the metal fire rings. Fires must be attended to at all times. Click here to review campfire safety tips. Click here to review current burning restrictions.

Remember this camping season, ONLY DNR State Approved Firewood is allowed inside state parks. Click here for more information.


Hiking and horse trails are open for the season, however have many soft spots due to the frost still in the ground. Contact Lake Carlos State Park for current information, 320-852-7200.

DUMP STATION is closed for the season. The campground sanitation buildings and water are shut off for the season. Vault toilets remain available throughout the park. For more information see seasonal updates.

(Updated Apr. 5, 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.

Gift Card:

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Glacial Lakes State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing


Best time to contact the park:

Please call Lake Carlos State Park at 320-852-7200, their office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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.