Lake Carlos State Park - Activities

Contact Information


  • Park permits: $25 annual, $18 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $5 daily. Camping fees are separate.


More Information

Located on a Lake or River

  • Carlos
  • Hidden


  • The park entrance is located 10 miles north of Alexandria on State Highway 29, then 2 miles west on Highway 38.

Other Date Information

  • Book an online reservation 24 hours a day. Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily November through March, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily April through October. Call Ctr closed holidays.

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  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Fishing Frenzy Fridays

    2601 County Road 38 NE
    Carlos, MN 56319
    Call: (866) 857-2757

    Join a naturalist every Friday for an afternoon of fishing and learning. We will discover the world of fish and then show you how to catch them. Bring your own bait, worms work best. Also bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a water bottle. Limited rods and reels will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the amphitheater. Only non-Minnesota residents need a fishing license.

    A MN state Park vehicle permit is required to attend this event, and can be purchased at the park for $5/day or $25 for an annual permit.

  2. Nature Stories and Activities

    2601 County Road 38 NE
    Carlos, MN 56319
    Call: (866) 857-2757

    This program is designed for preschool to early elementary aged children. Each Saturday at 10am, from June 21st through August 30th learn about nature through children’s books and accompanying activities at the Lake Carlos State Park Visitor Center. Join the naturalist for this hands-on program sure to keep your little ones entertained.

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  1. Lake Carlos State Park

    2601 County Road 38 NE
    Carlos, MN 56319
    Call: (320) 852-7200

    Sculpted by ancient glaciers, Lake Carlos State Park contains a tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds, and lakes. A variety of recreational activities revolve around the lake. Clear and deep, Lake Carlos offers visitors a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and horseback riding. In the winter, ski from the tamarack bog to a maple-basswood forest.

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