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Monson Lake State Park

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Where to go: Monson Lake State Park is quite small, the picnic ground is the place to go for a good look at historic park buildings and to find the trailhead if you have time for a nice hike. Hike to the peninsula of Monson Lake for a great view of the lake and any waterfowl that might be passing through the area. For a nice driving tour, take the Glacial Ridge Mn Scenic Byway that passes through Monson Lake State Park and can lead you south to Willmar, or north to Alexandria.

What you'll see: There is a bit more color now at Monson Lake, and the subtle signs of fall are everywhere. The change in color happens fast once the cool nights and bright sunny days of the season occur. In farm country, the corn and bean fields are looking like harvest is near, with bronze and golden fields of soybeans adding to the mosaic of color.

Also of interest: Fishing can be very good at Monson Lake, and fall is a good time to wet a line and enjoy the crisp days of autumn. The park has a fishing pier located at the boat landing for those wanting to fish without the hassle of bringing a boat.

Last updated: September 24, 2014 

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Getting there

1690 15th Street Northeast
Sunburg, MN 56289

Access is off State Highway 9, just west of Sunburg, via County Road 95.


Phone: 320-366-3797

Email: monsonlake.statepark@state.mn.us

For information on this park, contact Sibley State Park at 320-354-2055 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.