Lake Carlos State Park
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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.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
"Welcoming the Bluebirds" open house type program will be held Saturday, May 18th from 11AM - 2PM at the parks' Visitor Center. Stop in and visit with bluebird expert Keith Radel. He will answer questions and share his knowledge about the beautiful eastern bluebird, how to attract bluebirds to your backyard and how to be successful in increasing the bluebird population. A make and take mealworm feeder will also be available.
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us at the visitor center and learn how you can help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect our beautiful Minnesota natural resources.
Zebra Mussels Found on Lake Carlos:
Zebra mussels are now found on 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
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
Firewood Restrictions Information:
Bird Checklist at Lake Carlos State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.