Glacial Lakes State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
Glacial Lakes State Park is not ‘on the way’ to another destination, so people who come here want to stay a while. Several spring-fed lakes surrounded by rare virgin prairie and a virgin oak forest reward visitors with a glimpse of what this part of Minnesota looked like before settlement. Signalness Lake, also called Mountain Lake, at 56 acres the park’s largest, is tucked in a rectangular valley rimmed by high hills. The last glacier formed the hills, lakes, ponds and marshes in this nearly 2,500-acre park as it receded some 11,000 years ago. Glacial Lakes State Park is located 5 miles south of Starbuck just off the Glacial Ridge Trails Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Pope County.