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

Calling all history buffs

On Saturday, August 19, join us as we take a guided bus journey back in time to August of 1862 to learn about the lives of the early settlers and Dakota people at the Lake Shetek settlement. We will be visiting the significant sites around the lake and discover what took place here on August 20, 1862 that changed the lives of all who lived here forever. The bus tour is $5 per person and leaves the Lake Shetek State Park picnic area parking lot at 9 am and will return approximately 12:30 pm. Reservations are required due to limited seating and can be made by calling the park office at (507) 763-3256.

Ready for a getaway?

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

(Updated Aug. 3, 2017)

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:

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

tree Shetek Monument and Koch Cabin


Summer hours: Open Daily from 8am - 7:00pm with longer hours on the weekends. Please use self registration for purchasing permits and the reservation line for registering for camping if the office is closed.


163 State Park Road
Currie, MN 56123

tel: 507-763-3256


Getting There

North of Currie on County Road 38.