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Lake Shetek State Park


The word "Shetek" is Ojibwe for "pelican," a bird which visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall. The park contains the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota, which forms the headwaters of the Des Moines River.

Expect great fishing for walleye, northern, crappie, and bullheads. Loon Island, a 45-acre island on Lake Shetek, is accessible on foot via a causeway and includes an interpretive trail.

Visit the Koch Cabin and monument memorializing pioneer settlers. The park includes a swimming beach, boat launch, campgrounds and a scenic six-mile loop bicycle trail into the town of Currie. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are available.

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


Visitor Alert

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

Ready for a getaway?

The four camper cabins at Lake Shetek are open year round, available daily Apr - Oct, feature heat and electricity, and are perfect for your year-round adventure.

(Updated April 29, 2016)

Park Notes

Video about the Park:

Watch Pioneer Public Television's Great Minnesota Parks,This link leads to an external site. featuring Lake Shetek State Park. Originally aired May 19, 2013.

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

Gift Cards:

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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 Shetek State Park.

Birders:

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

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Bicycle Trail

tree Shetek Monument and Koch Cabin


Hours

Spring hours: Open Daily from 8am - 4:30pm. Please use self registration if the office is closed.

Contact

163 State Park Road
Currie, MN 56123

tel: 507-763-3256

email: lakeshetek.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

North of Currie on County Road 38.