Trail Snow Report

Lake Carlos State Park

Trail conditions:

Ski Trails were groomed Thursday, February 14th. Reminder to hikers to stay off of the groomed ski trails. Hikers & Snowshoers can go on the park roadways or snowshoe trails. Snowmobile trails were groomed on Tuesday, February 19th which have a base of 6-7 inches. For DATA snowmobile trail conditions visit their website at: http://douglasareatrails.com/index.php/trail-info-map/Larger wheeled fish houses are getting placed on Lake Carlos. Full size trucks were seen on the lake this past weekend. Be very careful and fully check the ice depth before heading out.

Skiing
Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 5-6"
Trail mileage: 6.0
Difficulty: intermediate (track)  
Snowmobiling
Trail conditions: excellent
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 5-6"
Trail mileage: 9.0

The trail(s):
The park trails offer a beautiful setting of steep rolling, maple, basswood and aspen forested hills, grassy meadows, woodland ponds, marshes and a tamarack bog. The park boasts an abundance of winter birds, as well as deer, fox, coyotes, squirrels and rabbits.
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.

Facilities:

  • A wood stove heated warming house is located at Lakeview Group Camp.
  • Daily Ski passes are sold at the park office 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days a week. Annual and 3-year passes are sold at any ELS agents. Self registration is available when office is closed.
  • Snowshoes are available to rent at the park office. Arrowwood Resort rents snowmobiles and skies.
  • Four year-around camper cabins are available to rent Thursday night through Sunday night during the winter season. An electric site in the Lower Campground will be plowed open. Contact park directly for availability. Drinking water is available in front of the solar panel near the visitor center. Vault toilets are available in the park.

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Last updated on February 19, 2019. Local snow depth is 16-18".

Getting there

2601 County Road 38 NE
Carlos, MN 56319

To get to the trailhead, go ten miles north of Alexandria. Take Highway 29 north from Alexandria to county road 38. Head west on Hwy 38 about 1.5 miles to Lake Carlos State Park.

Parking is available at the boat ramp, beach lot or at Lakeview Group Camp. Snowmobile trailer parking is available at the beach parking lot.

Contact

Phone: (320) 852-7200
Email: [email protected]
Contact hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please leave a message if no one is available.

More Info

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