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Lake Carlos State Park, Minnesota: Address, Phone Number, Lake Carlos State Park Reviews: 4/5

Lake Carlos State Park
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WYOJuls
Gillette, WY127 contributions
Nice camp ground
Aug 2019 • Solo
Spot 141 back in & electric. $30 for spot, $7 for on line booking & $7 park fee; $6 for wood. Had a good view of lake. Nice evening with rain. Had a shower house but did not use. Went for a 30 min walk through campground & short trail before leaving. I’ld stay again.
Written August 22, 2019
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northstar83
Cambridge, MN70 contributions
Afternoon hike
Jul 2019 • Family
If in the Alexandria area, it is a nice drive. We went for a hike, it has decent hike trails system. There are campground and a swimming beach. A bit above average of wildlife sightings. The other advantage to this one it is close to other activities, winery, restaurant and brewery.
Written July 25, 2019
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kimkarol07
21 contributions
Hiking club trail
Apr 2019
Hiked the 2.9 hiking club trail on 4/21. The trail is moderate due to the hills and length. There was an area of standing water on the trail near the parking lot. I would start hiking the trial going toward the lake.
Written April 24, 2019
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573dons
West Bend5 contributions
We spent 3 nights camping on site 32 in the upper campgrounds with our 5 th wheel and boat.
Sep 2018
We enjoyed the view, the facilities, hiking trails, eating in Alexandria one evening, and fishing in Lake Carlos.
Written October 2, 2018
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Janice S
Grand Forks, ND17 contributions
Tight quarters on the shore of a nice lake
Aug 2018 • Couples
We stayed in the lower campground, situated right on the lake with its sandy bottom and clear water. The place was very popular for people with boats and also for people with children and bicycles, as the campground road was hard surfaced. Even though it was hot, there was usually a nice breeze off the lake.

The rule, which is strictly enforced, is "one camping unit per site". In addition to our small camper, we had an old tent that we were using as a screen tent, and we were told to take it down. Our neighbors had a Barbie tent where their little girls kept their toys -- they had to remove that. However, you can have a camper and two vehicles if they will fit on the gravel. Plus you can have a boat and a screen tent on the grass. The sites are small and close together with no bushes between, so don't expect privacy here!
Written August 16, 2018
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hupd
Mountain Lake, MN25 contributions
Great last-minute trip
Jun 2018 • Solo
I decided to take a last-minute camping trip and Lake Carlos was within a few hours so I thought I'd give it a shot. I hadn't spent much time in the area previously so I didn't know what to expect. I pulled into the state park around 6 PM and was able to reserve a spot in the lower campground. The lady helping at the desk was super helpful and informed me of all park rules and added in a few of the cool things the park offers. The campground was pretty busy, but people still kept to themselves enough so I didn't feel bothered. Everyone was quiet by 10 PM.
I thought it was cool that people who had boats could just pull them up on the beach for the night. The bathrooms and showers were nice. The boat landing was nice, there were kayaks and canoes there to rent.
I was a little disappointed in the fishing, but that isn't a knock against the park. It's also unfortunate that the invasive species have infested Lake Carlos so badly. A good reminder to wash and drain your boats.
Written June 30, 2018
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Josette P
3 contributions
Fun and interesting experience.
Jul 2017 • Family
While I was staying at Carlos State Park it was definitely a time to remember. I now bring my family there every summer. It has lots of programs for the kids where they learn and have fun. My kids come back from these programs raving not only about having a great time but also about what they learned. I definitely recommend.
Written March 23, 2018
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00seva00
Minneapolis, MN83 contributions
Great campsites
May 2017 • Family
Lake Carlos is very clean and beautiful. The beach area is really nice and the campground on the lake has a nice sandy bank to play and relax. The upper campground is half wooded and are not too tightly spaced. The facilities are kept up and clean. Convenient showers on both campgrounds which is really good for families. Staff is always friendly and helpful.
Written February 23, 2018
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durrae j
Bozeman, MT135 contributions
Park is great; reservation system stinks
Sep 2017 • Couples
We stayed in Lake Carlos SP for one night, and it was a major production just to get a site. The occupied sites were not marked, so we had to drive through the campground and pick out a few sites we might like, then call the reservation system to find out if they were available, then pick one and call them back to let them know which one we had picked. There is NO reason for this convoluted system. It was so annoying that on our return trip we stayed in Wisconsin (system there is only marginally better) and flew through MN so we didn't have to stay there again. On the upside, the park is lovely--we had a site near the lake, and being a weeknight it was quiet and not crowded. The fee for electric hookup and the day pass was $44, a bit on the steep side to be sure. The camp host has done a great job in maintaining and keeping the campground clean, and fortunately he was available to tell us the site selection process. Still, I would not go back, simply because of the "system." Go to New Mexico instead--their parks and system are awesome!
Written October 6, 2017
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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,075 contributions
Park on a northwoods lake
May 2017 • Couples
This state park is on the lake. The lower campground is right on the lake, the upper campground a short walk away. This is a typical Minnesota state park campground with camping spaces allocated off paved access roads. Flush toilets.

The park is on relatively flat glacial moraine. We hiked a few trails. Along the Hidden Lake loop there is an eagle's nest with a Bald Eagle on it when we went by.
Written May 24, 2017
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