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Lake Maria State Park

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Where to go: Grasslands and forest edges have the best color early in the fall. Prairie grasses are at peak color. The Anderson Hill trail is the best trail for early fall color.

What you'll see: Big Bluestem prairie grass is showing rusty red and maroon colors. Many goldenrod are blooming with bright yellows and golds. Some cottonwood trees are showing yellow and gold colors. Sumac are showing bright red colors.

Also of interest: Look for trumpeter swans and waterfowl on lakes and wetlands. Great time for mushroom collection. Boat, Canoe and Kayak rental continues on weekends thru mid October.

Last updated: September 16, 2014 

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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.