Glacial Lakes State Park

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Glacial Lakes State Park
Kettle Lake GLSP.jpg
Kettle lake and rolling hills in Glacial Lakes State Park
Map showing the location of Glacial Lakes State Park
Map showing the location of Glacial Lakes State Park
Location of Glacial Lakes State Park in Minnesota
Map showing the location of Glacial Lakes State Park
Map showing the location of Glacial Lakes State Park
Glacial Lakes State Park (the US)
LocationPope, Minnesota, United States
Coordinates45°32′14″N 95°31′19″W / 45.53722°N 95.52194°W / 45.53722; -95.52194Coordinates: 45°32′14″N 95°31′19″W / 45.53722°N 95.52194°W / 45.53722; -95.52194
Area2,423 acres (9.81 km2)
Elevation1,217 ft (371 m)[1]
Established1963
Governing bodyMinnesota Department of Natural Resources

Glacial Lakes State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Starbuck. It was founded in 1963 to preserve some of the remaining rolling prairie which previously covered much of the state. Located in the Leaf Mountains, the park and the area around it contains many glacial landforms created by the Wisconsonian glaciation.

Biology and ecology[edit]

Flora[edit]

The park has many rare native plants. Prairie grasses and forbs that may be seen include big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass, prairie clover, pasque flowers, coneflowers and goldenrods. Wolfberry and rose shrubs are also in the park.[2]

Fauna[edit]

Due to its location in a transition zone between prairie in the west and hardwood forest to the east, prairie and woodland birds are found at the park. Squirrels, deer, beavers, wood ducks, raccoons, pileated woodpeckers and occasionally coyotes can be found.

Recreation[edit]

Swimming, fishing and boating (only electric motors are allowed) are popular activities. At 56-acres, Signalness Lake is the largest body of water in the park and has a maximum depth of 13ft. Fish include walleye, northern pike, bass, and panfish. Due to the shallow water, winterkill can partially affect the fish population and the DNR restocks fish. [3]

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are enjoyed during the winter.[4][5]

The remote location with low light pollution means stargazing is another popular activity.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glacial Lakes State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1980-01-11. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/glacial_lakes/narrative.html
  3. ^ http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/showreport.html?downum=61014900
  4. ^ http://www.glaciallakesstateparkfriends.com/park-trails.htm
  5. ^ http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/snow_depth/trails.html?facility_id=4125
  6. ^ http://glass.glaciallakesmn.com

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