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Monson Lake State Park

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past peak
Flower color:

past peak
Grass color:

past peak
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Where to go: A visit to Monson Lake should begin at the picnic grounds, where you will find ample parking and an historic shelter crafted in 1938 by members of the Veterans Conservation Corp (VCC).

What you'll see: Although the park and surrounding area are past peak color, there is still time to enjoy some pockets of color at Monson Lake. In the late season the oak and aspen trees in the area will be providing color into November.

Also of interest: While Monson Lake is small in size, it is along a Mn Scenic Byway, the Glacial Ridge Trail. Color watchers may want to make a day of driving the hilly, winding backroads in the vicinity of Monson Lake. Fishing can be very good on Monson Lake, and fall is one of the best times to catch fish and enjoy a shore lunch!

Last updated: October 31, 2013 

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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.