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Lake Carlos State Park

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Where to go: Hidden Lake, Red Oak and Maple/Basswood Trails give a variety of beautiful forested hiking.

What you'll see: The fallen leaves have given that wonderful fall feeling and smell. Most all trees are now bare due to the high winds and the late date. A few of the Red and Pin Oaks are a deep red and still hanging on as are a few Aspen trees with their golden color. Come out and enjoy a beautiful fall walk on the Hidden Lake or Maple-Basswood trail. Many American Coots are gathering on Lake Carlos, getting ready for migration. Junco’s have returned to the area for the winter and a variety of sparrows have been spotted in the park as they travel through on their way south. This is the final report of the season.

Also of interest: Also check out Inspiration Peak State Wayside Rest which is about a 40 minute drive NW of Lake Carlos State Park. It's still beautiful on top of the Peak.

Last updated: October 29, 2014 

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Getting there

2601 County Road 38 Northeast
Carlos, MN 56319

The park entrance is located 10 miles north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then 2 miles west on Highway 38.


Phone: 320-852-7200

Email: lakecarlos.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.