Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota

Moose Lake State Park

The 1,200-acre Moose Lake State Park attracts both vacationers passing through and those who return for the intimate atmosphere. All the park’s development is wrapped around the northern section of three-armed Echo Lake.
Moose Lake State Park is located near the town of Moose Lake in Minnesota’s Carlton County.

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Echo Lake offers prime panfish habitat at Moose Lake State Park

Echo Lake offers prime panfish habitat

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Trails
Moose Lake State Park has about five miles of hiking trails. A trail swings from the campground down to the lake and around one of the arms to the day-use area. Visitors can enjoy a shoreline picnic on Echo Lake or a leisurely afternoon on the swimming beach.

Walking trail at Moose Lake State Park

Walking trail at Moose Lake State Park

The nearby community of Moose Lake is a popular year-round vacation destination and is an access point to the paved Willard Munger Trail, which runs between Hinckley and Duluth for 70 miles.

Camping
The campground is small with its 33 sites, but there are two walk-in sites and a group camp for up to 45 people.
Fishing and Boating
Canoes and boats launch onto Echo Lake from the park’s landing.
Northern, sunfish and largemouth bass are the most common catches. The T-shaped lake is ideal for canoeists, who can enjoy a lazy afternoon paddling along the shoreline.
Wildlife
Dawn and dusk are good times to scout for wildlife along the shore. Deer and even black bear are occasionally spotted. Birds that have been observed at Moose Lake include bobolinks, bluebirds, swallows and eastern kingbirds.
Winter
No groomed trails at this park, but you may break your own backcountry trails. Snowshoeing is allowed throughout the park.
Mesabi Trail
Visit Duluth in the winter
Spirit Mountain
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