Glacial Lakes State Park

Starbuck, Minnesota

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Advancing and retreating glaciers carved and molded the landscape into an artistic blend of contrasting highs and lows, lakes, marshes, forests and prairies in the area of Glacial Lakes State Park. You’ll see all of this as you hike in the park and learn about kames, eskers, drumlins, kettles, and moraines--especially if you choose the park’s half-mile interpretive trail. Geologists call it a morainic belt—the 10- to 19-mile band of hundreds of various-sized glacial lakes and prominent knolls and ridges—that stretches 150 miles from Detroit Lakes to Willmar. This unique geological area, which includes Glacial Lakes State Park, is referred to as Leaf Hills, an area where the landscape is anything but flat. The topographic features in these counties (Otter Tail, Becker, Douglas, and Pope) mark the glacial boundaries, where the debris of terminal moraines was deposited.
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by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

Advancing and retreating glaciers carved and molded the landscape into an artistic blend of contrasting highs and lows, lakes, marshes, forests and prairies in the area of Glacial Lakes State Park. You’ll see all of this as you hike in the park and learn about kames, eskers, drumlins, kettles, and moraines--especially if you choose the park’s half-mile interpretive trail.

Geologists call it a morainic belt—the 10- to 19-mile band of hundreds of various-sized glacial lakes and prominent knolls and ridges—that stretches 150 miles from Detroit Lakes to Willmar. This unique geological area, which includes Glacial Lakes State Park, is referred to as Leaf Hills, an area where the landscape is anything but flat. The topographic features in these counties (Otter Tail, Becker, Douglas, and Pope)
mark the glacial boundaries, where the debris of terminal moraines was deposited.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Starbuck
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,230 feet
Top Elevation: 1,360 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Glacial Lakes State Park, Starbuck, MN; (320) 239-2860; www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks
Local Maps: USGS Starbuck
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacial Lakes State Park

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