Glacial Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

We received another 5 inches of snow this week. With the high wind days, their are some large drifts throughout the park. Trails are open for hiking or snowshoeing. There is enough snow to blanket the open prairies and woodlands. Please use extreme caution if heading out on Mountain Lake. Aeration system has not been activated as of this week, but slushy areas may exist and ice is never 100% safe. Local area snowmobile trails have been groomed past the park, but no trails in the park have been groomed.

The trail(s):
The trail is a cross between prairie and woodlands. With steeply rolling hills, interspersed with marshlands, numerous small lakes and aspen willow wetlands. While skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling through the park you will experience excellent hilltop vistas along with lowland areas. You will encounter numerous wildlife including deer, fox, coyotes, rabbits and chipmunks. Ski trails are ungroomed.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • There is an open sided shelter building with fire pit.
  • Ski passes are not required.
  • Four year-around camper cabins are available to rent Thursday night through Sunday night during the winter season. Reservations can be made at or 1-866-857-2757. The campgrounds are closed to winter camping. Please call Lake Carlos State Park for more information (320) 852-7200.

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Last updated on January 22, 2020. Local snow depth is 12".

Getting there

25022 Co. Rd. 41
Starbuck, MN 56381

Take Highway 29 three miles south of Starbuck to county road 41. Go south on 41 for two miles to park entrance.

Parking is available in the southeast picnic parking lot.


Phone: (320) 239-2860
Email: [email protected]
Please call Lake Carlos State Park office at 320-852-7200 during office hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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