Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Lake Carlos State Park

Trail conditions:

All trails are still open to hiking and are well packed from other users. With the warmer temps this past week, be aware of icy spots along the trails. Ski trails are not groomed at this time as we need more snow before ski grooming can begin. Reminder, once ski trails are groomed, they are closed to hikers and snowshoes. Snowmobile trails are poor condition with base ranging from 0-2 inches. . Ice on Lake Carlos - few permanent houses are out on the lake. Please check ice depth when venturing out on the ice.

Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 1-2"
Trail mileage: 6
Difficulty: intermediate (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? partially
Trail base: 1-2"
Trail mileage: 9

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 05, 2021. Local snow depth is 1-3".

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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