Glacial Lakes State Park, Starbuck

4.6
#23 of 25 in Wildlife in Minnesota
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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  • Another quiet weekday in another Minnesota State Park. I was brought to this State Park during my geocaching adventures. The water was beautiful and still on this day in spite of the wind. A beautiful...  more »
  • I spontaneously decided to go to this park on a Saturday afternoon in the end of September. It's about 2.5 hours from the Cities, but an entirely different world. The scenery is simply stunningly beau...  more »
  • We had a wonderful spot and went with our friends. The Staff was very friendly and helpful as our friends got stuck causing traffic jams. But everyone was cordial, and it was just overall a great park...  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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