Lake Shetek State Park

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Lake Shetek State Park

The word "Shetek" is Ojibwe for "pelican," a bird which visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall. The park contains the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota, which forms the headwaters of the Des Moines River.

Expect great fishing for walleye, northern, crappie, and bullheads. Loon Island, a 45-acre island on Lake Shetek, is accessible on foot via a causeway and includes an interpretive trail.

Visit the Koch Cabin and monument memorializing pioneer settlers. The park includes a swimming beach, boat launch, campgrounds and a scenic six-mile loop bicycle trail into the town of Currie. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are available.

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Visitor Alert!

Ready for a getaway from cabin fever? The four camper cabins at Lake Shetek are open year round and because they feature heat and electricity, are perfect for a winter/spring adventure. They are many openings available for this winter. Call 1-866-857-2757 to make reservations.

On Saturday April 4, the Friends of Lake Shetek State Park will host an Easter egg hunt. Watch for additional details!

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Video about the Park:

Watch Pioneer Public Television's Great Minnesota Parks,This link leads to an external site. featuring Lake Shetek State Park. Originally aired May 19, 2013.

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

Camper Cabins:

Four camper cabins are now available year-round at the park! They are wheelchair accessible and have heat and electricity.

Gift Cards:

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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 Shetek State Park.


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

Park Highlights

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tree Fishing

tree Bicycle Trail


Winter hours: The office will be open generally 8 am - 4:30 pm, when staffing is available. Please use self registration if the office is closed.


163 State Park Road
Currie, MN 56123

tel: 507-763-3256


Getting There

North of Currie on County Road 38.