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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!

State Park Deer Hunts

A special Muzzleloader hunt is taking place in the park from December 6 through December 7. The park will be open only to participating hunters from sunset Friday, December 5 through 8am Monday, December 8, 2014. No camping will be available during the hunt periods except for participating hunters.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated October 27, 2014

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.

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


Hours

Winter hours: The office will be open generally 8 am - 4:30 pm, when staffing is available. 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.