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Lake Maria State Park

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Where to go: All the hiking trails are open and offer good conditions for fall hiking. Bjorkland Lake Trail and Anderson Hill Lookout offer the best early fall colors.

What you'll see: Some ash, aspen and birch trees are showing some early yellow colors. Prairie grasses have good color ranging from gold to rusty red. Goldenrod is flowering with yellow flowers, some asters are showing purple flowers in the prairies.

Also of interest: Look for trumpeter swans and waterfowl on lakes and wetlands. Hawks and songbirds are migrating through the park. Canoe, boat and Kayak rentals continue on weekends till mid October. Mushroom and berry picking is popular in early September.

Last updated: August 30, 2015 

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Getting there

11411 Clementa Avenue Northwest
Monticello, MN 55362

The park may be reached from the south via I-94 (exit 193) at Hwy 25, south to Chelsea Rd to Hwy 39 west and Wright County Rd 111, or from the north via I-94 (exit 183) to Hwy 8, County Rd 39 and County Rd 111.


Phone: 763-878-2325

Email: lakemaria.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Friday - Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Other times, leave message on machine.