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Glacial Lakes State Park, Starbuck

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#29 of 65 in Wildlife in Minnesota
State Park · Nature / Park
Glacial Lakes State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Starbuck. It was founded in 1963 to preserve some of the remaining rolling prairie which previously covered much of the state. Located in the Leaf Mountains, the park and the area around it contains many glacial landforms created by the Wisconsonian glaciation.

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  • We stayed in the Glacial Erratic camper cabin at the park. We have stayed at the park many times before. The beach is small, but clear and great for swimming and wading. Perfect for little kids...  more »
  • Nice, well maintained cabins. Understaffed so you never know when office will be open. Drinking water left much to be desired. Vault toilet next to us was disgusting. Luckily we had other...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful little hidden gem of a park. It's not very big, so you can hike most of it in half a day or so. Of the backpacking sites, I think the Kettle Lake site has the most remarkable location. It feels like another world, surrounded by the compact prairie hills. The swimming area on Signalness Lake doesn't have a proper sand beach shoreline, but the lake is sandy and the water is cool and clear. Definitely worth it!
  • Located in the remnants of the last Glacial Age, Glacial Lakes SP preserves landforms from that time offering steep rolling hills and sweeping prairie vistas that literally took my breath away and made me say 'wow' while simultaneously playing the 'Journey to the Buffalo Killing Grounds' theme from Dances with Wolves. Approach from the SW (Benson, T-50) for the full effect of these vistas. Hiking, swimming and canoeing are on offer here as well as those rolling hills.
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