Lake Shetek State Park

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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.

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Visitor Alert!

State Park Deer Hunts

There will be deer hunts at Lake Shetek. The park will be open only to participating hunters from October 25 through October 26. The park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors from sunset on October 24 through 8 am on October 27.

Muzzleloader season is during December 6 through December 7. No camping will be available during the hunt periods.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 16, 2014

You're invited to the 9th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Lake Shetek State Park.

The Friends of Lake Shetek State Park and the Currie Town and Country Boosters are holding a fun day filled with pumpkin decorating, hay rides, face painting, a huge leaf pile for jumping and an acorn hunt with prizes. Join us at the Zuya Group Center on Saturday October 18, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm. This is a free event however a state park vehicle permit is required. For more information, please contact the park office at 507-763-3256.

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.

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Lake Shetek State Park was an important location during this time. Find out how to learn more.

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.


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

Park Highlights

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Summer hours: Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m - 9:00 p.m, Friday,8:00 am - 10:00 pm and Monday-Wednesday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.


163 State Park Road
Currie, MN 56123

tel: 507-763-3256


Getting There

North of Currie on County Road 38.