Lake Carlos State Park

Alexandria, Minnesota

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First a stroll by the lakeshore, then up to a prairie and scattered woods, featuring grasslands and Lake Carlos--a deep clear lake with a swimming beach. Lake Carlos State Park was established in 1936, and ever since, the main attraction has been the park’s swimming beach. Lake Carlos stretches across 3,017 acres and has a maximum of depth of 163 feet, making it one of the state’s deepest lakes. The lake also acts as the headwaters for Long Prairie River, a stream that served as a route for native cultures and early explorers. From here, even the Twin Cities are accessible by boat, if you are willing to travel 100 miles downriver to the Crow Wing River, and on to the Mississippi River. But the park has more than the lake to offer: prairie, maple-basswood, aspen–oak forests, and even a tamarack bog.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

First a stroll by the lakeshore, then up to a prairie and scattered woods, featuring grasslands and Lake Carlos--a deep clear lake with a swimming beach. Lake Carlos State Park was established in 1936, and ever since, the main attraction has been the park’s swimming beach. Lake Carlos stretches across 3,017 acres and has a maximum of depth of 163 feet, making it one of the state’s deepest lakes.

The lake also acts as the headwaters for Long Prairie River, a stream that served as a route for native cultures and early explorers. From here, even the Twin Cities are accessible by boat, if you are willing to travel 100 miles downriver to the Crow Wing River, and on to the Mississippi River. But the park has more than the lake to offer: prairie, maple-basswood, aspen–oak forests, and even a tamarack bog.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Alexandria
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail maps; USGS topo: Lake Miltone East.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Carlos State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

2/23/2003
1

This is a great trail to hike with your kids. First, there are good camping sites, so you have a good base camp. Then the hike will take you through the beautiful Minnesota Countryside without wearing anyone out. YOu see lakes and trees, and without doubt birds and maybe, if you are lucky, some other wild life. Enjoy this hike.



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