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Lake Shetek State Park

163 State Park Rd, Currie, Minnesota 56123 USA

  • Pet Friendly

“When Translated: Pelican Lake!”

The word "Shetek" is Ojibwe for "pelican," a bird which visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall.The park contains the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota, which forms the headwaters of the Des Moines River. Expect great fishing for walleye, northern, crappie, and bullheads. Loon Island, a 45-acre island on Lake Shetek, is accessible on foot via a causeway and includes an interpretive trail. Visit the Koch Cabin and monument memorializing pioneer settlers. The park includes a swimming beach, boat launch, campgrounds and a scenic six-mile loop bicycle trail into the town of Currie. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are available. Long before European and American settlers appeared in the area, native people were in the Lake Shetek area in pursuit of bison. In the mid 1830s, European and American explorers such as Catlin, Nicollet, Prescot and Fremont explored the area associated with Lake Shetek. The first white settlement occurred in 1856. Although its population varied, it probably numbered no more than 40 people at any one time. The settlement was located from Lake Fremont to Beauty Lake along the eastern side of Lake Shetek. Most of those who came during the 1856-1862 years did so because of Governor Ramsey's lenient land regulations. Settlers were permitted to claim land after seven year's occupation if they cleared sufficient land for a farm. In 1862, the U.S.-Dakota Conflict occurred in the area where both settlers and Dakota Indians died. Lake Shetek lies in the Coteau des Prairie ("highlands of the prairie") region of Minnesota, a geological area which separates the Minnesota River from the Missouri River watershed. Glaciers moved across this Coteau region many years ago. During the last stage of glaciation, this area was covered with deep deposits of rock debris called glacial till. Glacial till, which accumulated at the margins of the glacier, formed irregular hills and depressions called moraines. Lake Shetek lies in the Altamont Moraine complex. Eventually, the climate warmed and the glaciers receded, producing swift rivers of meltwater which sculpted channels and formed outwash plains. Small landslides dammed meltwater channels and depressions which backed up water and eventually created Lake Shetek.

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Lake Shetek State Park

163 State Park Rd
Currie, Minnesota
56123 USA

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  • Pet Friendly
  • Check-In
    • 3pm
  • Check-Out
    • 11am
  • 66 Camp Sites
  • Pull Through
  • Full Hookup
  • 50 AMP
  • Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Showers

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