Sculpted by ancient glaciers, Lake Carlos State Park contains a tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds, and lakes.
A variety of recreational activities revolve around the lake. Clear and deep, Lake Carlos offers visitors a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and horseback riding. In the winter, ski from the tamarack bog to a maple-basswood forest.
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Trails are currently groomed and are open to skiers but closed to hikers. Ski passes are required. Snowmobile trails are currently in the process of being groomed. Please contact the office, 320-852-7200, for more information on current trail conditions. See snow report for current snow and trail conditions. For more information on snowmobile trails in the area, please visit DATA (Douglas Area Trails Association).
DUMP STATION is closed for the season. The upper and lower campground sanitation buildings and water are shut off for the season. Vault toilets remain available throughout the park.
Boat ramp is being maintained for access to the lake for ice fishing and other activities for the season. For more information see seasonal updates.
For more information on programs see naturalist programs and other activities.
(Updated Jan. 12, 2017)
Zebra Mussels Found on Lake Carlos:
Zebra mussels are now in Lake Carlos and throughout the Alexandria Chain of Lakes. Boaters are required to inspect and remove all visible aquatic plants, animals and mud from their boats, trailers and equipment in order to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels. Large groups of Zebra Mussels can kill native mussels, harm fish populations, and interfere with recreational opportunities. Learn more about invasive aquatics.
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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 Lake Carlos State Park.
Bird Checklist at Lake Carlos State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please leave a message if no one is available.
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.