Lake Carlos State Park

Trail conditions:

We received about 6 inches of snow from the last storm system. Ski trails were groomed today (Tuesday) and are in great shape for the upcoming weekend. Please remember to purchase you ski pass. Snowshoe trail is ready to be used, stop in the office for a map.The roads and parking lots in the park are still icy so please drive carefully in the park. Folks looking to walk should stick to the plowed roads. The ski trails are for skiers only and the snowshoe trail in the wetland requires snowshoes at this time with the water and slush under the snow. Stop in the office for more information and please follow the signs. Lake Carlos ice depth averages 12-13 inches (as of 1/10/20). Permanent houses are getting pulled out within the last week. The ice is inconsistent in depth though. Please use extreme caution and venture out by foot first and check ice depth frequently. DATA snowmobile trails - As of their last update of the 14th, all their trails are open at this time. Groomers have been out since the last snowfall touching up the snowmobile trails. Visit the Douglas Area Trails Association web page for updates at

Trail conditions: excellent
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 6"
Trail mileage: 6.0
Difficulty: intermediate (track)  
Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 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.


  • 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 January 22, 2020. Local snow depth is 12".

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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