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 park opens for camping on April 1st, but is first come first serve until May 1st. If campground road conditions are poor the campground will remain closed until conditions improve, and camping will be available in the group camp area where there are 3 electric sites and room for tent campers as well. Camping options will be posted in the office window if campgrounds are closed.


Side roads in the park will be closed at times this spring due to poor road conditions.

Naturalist Programs.

Sat. April 4th 12:30pm- 3pm. Join our 6th annual Easter Egg Hunt presented by Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park! There are also games and activities at the Group Camp Shelter before and after the egg hunt. The naturalist will be on site with a nature cart. Children are divided into three groups for the egg hunt: Pre-school, grades k-3, and grades 4-6. Some eggs contain prize slips. Hot cocoa and treats will be served at the Group Camp Shelter after the egg hunt. Last year approx. 3,000 eggs were hidden. Make sure you arrive early to get your permit as the egg hunt will start promptly at 2pm. A MN state Park vehicle permit is required to attend this event, and can be purchased at the park for $5/day or $25 for an annual permit.

For more detailed information on programs see Naturalist Programs and Other Activities under Park Notes.

Camping / Lodging.

The campgrounds are CLOSED for the season. Lodging available in the park: 4 year round camper cabins.

Spring Prescribed Burn.

A prescribed burn will take place around the Baby Lake/ Douglas A. Bean memorial track on the East side of the park Spring 2015. The area around Baby Lake will be black after the burn until vegitation greens up.

Last updated November 20, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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

Learn more about the park:

Read an article about Glacial Lakes: Lake Country on Two Wheels

Your footprint on the park:

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

Park is Open Year-round:

Glacial Lakes State Park has year-round opportunities! Camping is also available year-round.

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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

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tree Fishing


Best time to contact the park:

For information, call the park at 320-239-2860. Please leave a message if no one is available and someone will return your call.


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.