Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Lake Carlos State Park

Trail conditions:

Due to the warmer temps and rain, ski trails are now CLOSED for the season. DATA snowmobile trails are also ALL CLOSED for the season. This means ALL park trails are open for hiking. There is still some snow pack on many of the trails and icy spots, so please use caution if out on the trails.We are no longer renting snowshoes at this time, but you are welcome to bring your own out. Snow is still available in the woods for some snowshoeing if you blaze your own trail. The Snowshoe trail is however CLOSED for the season, due to melting ice, water and unsafe conditions. Lake Carlos - No snow remains on the ice, so it is slippery. Ice cleats are recommended. Please double check ice depth before heading out. The access in the park is not accessible by motor vehicle at this time, but is with snowmobile, ATV, or by foot.

Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-3"
Trail mileage: 6.0
Difficulty: intermediate (track)  
Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0-3"
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.


  • 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 March 26, 2020. Local snow depth is 0-8".

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.


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.

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