LAKE CARLOS STATE PARK
Douglas County. 10 miles north of Alexandria on Highway 29.
The lakes and rolling terrain of Lake Carlos State Park were born from the last glacier. The mammoth ice block that melted to form Lake Carlos left a deep, clean lake (150 feet deep in places) noted for its abundance of fish. The 1,250-acre park lies within the scenic Leaf Hills Region, a transition zone between the prairies to the southwest and the coniferous forests to the northeast. With more than 15 miles of hiking trails, you can hike through stands of hardwood trees one minute, then cross a grassy meadow to a woodland pond or marsh the next. It is this combination of grassland, wetland, and wooded ridge that makes the park a treat for hikers.