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Located within 10 miles of Alexandria and slightly over 15 minutes from Parkers Prairie, lies the expansive Lake Carlos State Park. The park is right on the shores of the famous lake that gives it a name, and a few miles from Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. Its captivating natural beauty, a wide variety of recreational offerings and RV camping opportunities make it a favorite destination for Douglas County, MN campers.
Straddling over 1230 acres of Minnesota’s prairie landscape, it stretches out in a transition zone into tall coniferous forests. If what you are looking for is a break from a busy urban life, you can get away to Lake Carlos State Park for breathtaking natural scenery with marshes, hilly lakes, maple basswood featuring in woodlands, tamarack bog and much more. Book an RV in Douglas County and indulge in wildlife viewing, bird watching, interpretive exhibits, sightseeing, and winter recreation, as you experience the best that the park offers visitors.
The main attraction to Lake Carlos State Park is the lake on which it is centered and brings in scores of devotees of the outdoors every year. No matter what season it is when you visit the park, you will always find ample activities for your entertainment. In winter, indulge in riding snowmobiles on groomed trails or by renting snowshoes at the office if you do not have a pair packed in your RV rental. Go cross-country skiing on the park’s trails that are specially prepared for that purpose. Enjoy a winter festival held annually at the park, and that will keep you thoroughly involved and entertained.
If you would rather go fishing, carry your favorite rod and reel and stash it away safely in your RV rental at Lake Carlos State Park. Anglers have an exciting opportunity to catch a wide variety of fish species found here that include, Rock bass, Bluegill, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Northern Pike and many others. In case you leave behind anything you require for your fishing expedition, dash to one of the stores in the nearby city and get yourself tackle, bait and fishing gear.
Hiking and viewing wildlife on Lake Carlos State Park is an exciting activity around the lake. The hiking trails at the park are 14 miles, which is long enough to allow you to enjoy all the scenic wonders of the over 1000 acres of wilderness when you are camping at Lake Carlos State Park. The park also has two self-guided trails, which are Wetland Overlook and Maple-Basswood for that all exciting adventure in the outdoors. Do not leave behind your binoculars and RV campers for this will be a memorable experience.
If you are planning to do some RV camping at Lake Carlos State Park, you will be spoilt for choice on where to camp as you will have a choice from three campgrounds. You have the convenience of modern comforts and the unrivaled enjoyment of the great outdoors at these campgrounds. All three campgrounds accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet long. Driving RVs on the grass is not allowed for safety purposes. The campsites are adequately sized, and there are limitations on the number of tents per site.
Showers, drinking water, and clean bathrooms are available within reach at the campgrounds. Vault toilets are available and open throughout the year. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. Some of the sites feature electric hookups, but they generally have no WiFi at most of the campsites. The lower campground offers an ADA friendly campsite with electricity. No pull-through sites are available at any of the campgrounds, though.
The entire lower campground and much of the upper campground and some of the services offered at the camping ground are usually unavailable during the winter. Reservations can be made round the year and are recommended.
Before you depart from Lake Carlos State Park, head out and explore the beauty of Douglas County. Drop-in at one of the nearby establishments for a bite and sample some of the best of Minnesota cuisine. Spend some time at Alexandria and visit the museum if history tickles your fancy. The Runestone Museum may be the best place to indulge your historical self.
The city also has a number of fun parks where you can take even your entire family for a fun day. Visit the nearby lakes and sample what they have to offer the wide-eyed traveler. However, if after your time at the vast Lake Carlos State Park and you wish for some modernity, visit the nearby Garfield and snoop around and see what they offer for entertainment.