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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!

Ready for a getaway? The four camper cabins at Lake Shetek are open year round, feature heat and electricity, and are perfect for your summer adventure.

The Annual Pumpkin Festival

On Saturday, October 17, Join us for a fun afternoon of pumpkin decorating, face painting, hay rides, refreshments (including S'mores) and the biggest pile of leaves you've ever seen! There will be opportunities for prizes too. The event will be held at the Zuya Group Center in Lake Shetek State Park from 1pm - 4pm. The event is free and is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Shetek State Park, however a vehicle permit is required for entry into the park. Hope to see you there!

Park Notes

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

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

Camper Cabins:

Four camper cabins are now available year-round at the park! They are wheelchair accessible and have heat and electricity.

Gift Cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

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.


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


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


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.