Glacial Lakes State Park

Starbuck, Minnesota 56381

Glacial Lakes State Park

Glacial Lakes State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Glacial Lakes State Park Trip Reports

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This is a great trail, as most are in MN State Parks. (We sometimes think we have high taxes, but we get the benefits too.) The hike is not difficult, if you are in even borderline shape. I did this hike with my 14 year old. She''s a water freak so the views of lakes made this a good hike for her. We packed a lunch and did the hike at our own pace. It was a great day. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
1,230 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,360 feet
Top Elevation
Glacial Lakes State Park, Starbuck, MN; (320) 239-2860;
Local Contacts
USGS Starbuck
Local Maps