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Glacial Lakes State Park, Starbuck

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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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TripAdvisor
  • This is a great place to go to get away from the crowds. There are kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards to rent. There are also new cabins and tent sites. Also great trails!  more »
  • We stopped here for one night on a road trip and it was amazing. Totally was not expecting this park to so peaceful and beautiful.  more »
  • We stayed in the electric camping sites. The entire park is incredible and intoxicating. The bathrooms need a little help, especially the double shower room. It is hard to use the sanitary dump as its...  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fun hiking. Can be a quick walk to just enjoy the views.
  • Great park to visit I enjoy hiking the parks trails.
  • Very peaceful and relaxing. Rented SUP and I was on the lake with 1 other boat. Young people in the swim area. Had a great time.