Maplewood State Park

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Maplewood State Park

The maple forest turns brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red in the fall.

Eight major lakes and many ponds offer water lovers places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax.

Lake Lida has a sandy beach and large picnic areas for visitors.

Drive along the scenic route to observe the wildlife: the park is host to 150 bird species and 50 species of mammals.

The extensive trail system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Winter Services

  • Camper cabins are available for rent Thursday through Sunday until March 31, after which they will be available daily.
  • As snow permits, 5 miles of ski trail will be groomed for classic skiing.
  • 5 miles of ungroomed backcountry ski trails are also available.
  • Hiking and snowshoeing are allowed anywhere in the park except on groomed ski or snowmobile trails.
  • 21 miles of trails are groomed for snowmobiling.
  • Ice fishing is allowed on any of the park's various lakes.
  • Snowshoes can be rented at the park during office hours or by appointment.
  • Vault toilets are available throughout the park.
  • Park Drive and the road to the picnic area are both closed for the winter.

Campsite Reservations

Except for the equestrian campsites, all campsites in the park are reservable - we recommend you reserve your campsite in advance! Any site not reserved is available for drop in camping for one night only. Use self-registration if park staff is unavailable. If additional nights are desired, check with park staff for availability.

(Updated Jan. 14, 2016)

Park Notes

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

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

Horse Camping:

Campsites in the equestrian campgrounds can be reserved. Some sites are able to accommodate additional campers (up to three). Please contact the park for approval.

Gift Cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

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 Maplewood State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Hiking

tree Horseback Trails


Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Office hours may vary depending upon staff availability.
Use the self-registration kiosk at the park office when the office is unstaffed.
Leave a message if you get our voicemail, and we'll call you back.


39721 Park Entrance Road
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572

tel: 218-863-8383


Getting There

The park entrance is located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Highway 108.