Lake Shetek State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, on Lake Shetek, which is the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota and the headwaters of the Des Moines River. It is most popular for water recreation and camping. However the park also contains historical resources related to the Dakota War of 1862, including an original log cabin and a monument to 15 white settlers killed there and at nearby Slaughter Slough on August 20, 1862.
The park and lake were developed by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. Two districts of park structures built in the National Park Service rustic style are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lake Shetek State Park occupies 1109acre on the east shore of Lake Shetek in northeastern Murray County, outside the town of Currie. The park is about equidistant from both Tracy to the north and Slayton to the southwest, and southeast of the city of Marshall.
Almost of shoreline on Lake Shetek lie within the park boundary, though inholdings with private homes comprise some of that distance. The park includes 45acre Loon Island, which is connected to the mainland by a 1000ft causeway. Two smaller lakes, two fish rearing ponds, and two marshes are also within the park boundaries. Put Lake Shetek State Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Currie trip planning website.
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This was my favorite state park in southwest Minnesota. I stopped here for a day trip. It is about a 1.5hr drive from New Ulm. The park had a good variety of trails and had a beach on Lake Shetek. We.... more
This was my favorite state park in southwest Minnesota. I stopped here for a day trip. It is about a 1.5hr drive from New Ulm. The park had a good variety of trails and had a beach on Lake Shetek. We.... more »
The weather in early March has been beautiful so decided to take advantage of it and stayed in one of the camper cabins. The cabin was clean, as well as the bathrooms. The heat in the cabin was just..... more
The weather in early March has been beautiful so decided to take advantage of it and stayed in one of the camper cabins. The cabin was clean, as well as the bathrooms. The heat in the cabin was just..... more »
A very nice state park full of history. Ride the Casey Jones Bike Trail Loop to Currie for the railroad museum and more history of the area. A lot of deer to be seen and not too many biting bugs. We were there for Labor Day weekend, and there must've been a party across the lake because the live band was very loud and easy to hear up until midnight.
This is a 10/10 beautiful Park. Hiked the Loon Island trail first thing in the morning & it was stunning. Great history markers along the trail. Because of all of the old growth & fallen trees it was very active with lots of wonderful birds. I than drove over to hike the Webster Island Trail ... They weren't kidding when they said it was a little used gem - had the whole place to myself. Because of the drought the Marsh area by the observation tower was pretty dry. But WOW the prairie was a bloom with lots of beautiful flowers. You have to walk down a dirt road to get to the trail but it's along shore/prairie. Seen several deer & babies. Rabbits & chipmunk!!
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