Moose Lake State Park, Moose Lake

#84 of 142 in Nature in Minnesota
Moose Lake State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, near the city of Moose Lake, MN in Carlton County. The park is located one-half mile east of Interstate 35 at the 214 exit. The park entrance is off of County Highway 137. Moose Lake State Park was established in 1971. In total, the park is 1,194 acres in area. Some of the highlights of the park include 5.5 miles of hiking trails, a 105-acre Echo Lake, wildlife pond, paved trail to Moose Lake and Willard Munger State Trail, and Agate/Geological Interpretive Center; located within the park office.
The park lies in an area covered by glacial till and outwash deposits dropped by the last glacier as it melted. Large ice blocks which melted after the glacier retreated to make Moosehead and Echo Lakes. The south shore of Moosehead Lake was also the shore of Glacial Lake Nemadji. Due to the glacial flow deposits, Carlton County is a good location to search for Lake Superior Agates.
Within the park office is the Agate/Geological Interpretive Center. The 4,500-square-foot center includes interpretive displays, a multi-purpose classroom, Nature Store gift shop, park offices, a resource workroom, and an exhibition hall that showcases Minnesota's state gemstone, the Lake Superior Agate.
Much of the original white and red Norway Pine that once blanketed the area is now gone. When the park was established, much of it was made up of old farm fields, just beginning the long process off forest succession. In many of these areas, pine and spruce have been planted to help restore the original forest. Other areas of the park have mature Aspen stands mixed with Basswood, Birch and Maple.
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  • We arrived late, almost dark, and managed to locate our reserved campsite thanks to adequate signage. The spot was in good shape for mid August, and we quickly set up our tent. This was a Thursday...  more »
  • Beautiful display of Agates, it is so amazing what an agate really looks like. A stone that is so plain when in it’s in a solid round form.  more »
  • Nice state park that is well maintained. Beautiful lake for fishing or canoeing. Agate display/education at main park office is interesting. Nice campsites and walking trails. Only downsides are that it is close to I35 so you do hear a hum from the freeway noise and there isn't a dump station area if you have a camper, but you can use other state park camp areas for this (just not super convenient). Would go back again!
  • Nice lake to spend a day kayaking on. Saw loons and ducks. Went twice. The first time I brought a kayak. They rent kayaks so the second time I rented one of theirs and I loved it! I'm shopping around for one so it's nice to try different ones.

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