Lake Maria State Park

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Lake Maria State Park

Visitors who come to Lake Maria State Park will enjoy one of the few remaining stands of the "Big Woods," a maple, oak and basswood forest that once covered part of southern Minnesota.

The park is perfect for hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers who enjoy the challenge of the rolling terrain. Take a stroll on the boardwalk which winds through a marsh.

Backpack sites, located on remote lakes and ponds throughout the park, are one to two miles from the trailhead parking. New log camper cabins, located near lakes and ponds, provide bunk beds for six people and a table and benches for campers who want more of the creature comforts.

Lake Maria State Park is home to the Blandings turtle, easily identified by bright yellow spots on its shell. It is one of Minnesota's threatened species.

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Visitor Alert

The tornado that hit Zimmerman on March 6th, caused a significant amount of damage to the Ann Lake Campground and Day Use Area at Sand Dunes FRA. Please stay out of the area until further notice.

The road to the Picnic area and Group Camp is closed. Horse trails are closed for the season, they will reopen May 1, 2017.

(Updated March 10, 2017)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Year-round camping and lodging:

Backpack-in campsites and camper cabins are available year-round!

Friends of Lake Maria State Park:

The Friends of Lake Maria State Park sponsor many events and programs at the park. Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in supporting Lake Maria State Park. Visit Friends of Lake Maria Sate Park's Facebook page.

State Forest Campground:

Lake Maria State Park manages the Ann Lake Campground, located 20 miles from Lake Maria in Sand Dunes State Forest near Big Lake. From Big Lake on Hwy 10, take County Road 5 north and follow signs. Camping will be open from Mid-April, 2017 through October 29, 2017. Thirty-six rustic campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping is $14/night. Four group sites are also available for $50/night. Thirteen equestrian sites are also available for $16/night as well 2 equestrian group sites for $50/night. There are NO reservations for regular camping, only for group sites (call the park at 763-878-2325 to make reservations).

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Lake Maria State Park.

Bundled firewood is not available for after-hours purchase at the park. It is available on weekends during office hours, which are generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use a locally approved vendor if you need firewood when the park office is closed.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Lake Maria State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Secluded Backpack Campsites

tree Endangered Blandings Turtle

tree Hiking/Spring Wildflowers/Fall Colors

tree Nesting Osprey and Eagles

tree Remote Ski-in/Walk-in Camper Cabins

tree Cross-Country Skiing


Best time to contact the park:

Friday - Saturday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Other times, leave message.


11411 Clementa Avenue Northwest
Monticello, MN 55362

tel: 763-878-2325


Getting There

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.