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Glacial Lakes State Park, Starbuck

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#26 of 28 in Wildlife in Minnesota
State Park Wildlife Area
Glacial Lakes State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, approximately 5mi 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.Biology and ecologyFloraThe park has many rare native plants. Prairie grasses and forbs that may be seen include big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass, prairie clover, pasque flowers, coneflowers and goldenrods. Wolfberry and rose shrubs are also in the park.FaunaDue to its location in a transition zone between prairie in the west and hardwood forest to the east, prairie and woodland birds are found at the park. Squirrels, deer, beaver, wood ducks, raccoons, pileated woodpeckers and occasionally coyotes can be found.RecreationSwimming, fishing and boating are popular activities. At 56-acres, Signalness Lake is the largest body of water in the park and has a maximum depth of 13ft. Fish include walleye, northern pike, bass, and panfish. Due to the shallow water, winterkill can partially affect the fish population and the DNR restocks fish.
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  • Cook is amazing, if there are typical meal of fried food, but the dishes that are pan and cooked, fall in love, the meat melts and the beds in the room I want to my house!
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  • We stayed 3 weeknights and enjoyed hiking, biking, and kayaking. We liked the trails, but the deer flies were bad. We used 100% DEET and wore nets over our hats, which helped quite a bit. The campgrou...  more »
  • I came for the geocaching. My husband came for the fishing. The kids came because they had too! It was a win/win/win all around! The cabin was comfortable even without electricity! Short hike down to ...  more »
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  • Great spring fed lake. Really nice rustic cabins if you don't want to stay in a tent. Beautiful views from hiking trails. Rent a paddle board, kayak, or canoe and see the awesome wildlife in and around the lake.
  • Giving 3 stars because there wasn't enough parking for "day" visitors. We did drive through the campgrounds though. The group campground and general campsites looked well taken care of and good sites for all types of camping. The horse park left a lot to be desired, no shade for horses and it didn't appear that there would be much room for horses to graze if the camp was full.
  • It's a gem in the central lakes area. Great for hiking. Awesome views of the glacial ridge. You may even catch lady slippers blooming if your there at the right time of the year!
  • Excellent state park for get togethers. Beautiful views and miles of walking trails. Swimming beach and fishing pier as well as miles and miles of horse riding trails.
  • Great staff and price, but it wasn't the cleanest state park I have ever been to.

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