Moose Lake State Park





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1,239 acres statutory, 832 owned


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  Area and County
    County   Carlton County
    Region   Northeast Minnesota


4252 County Road 137
Moose Lake, MN 55767

N46 26.149, W92 44.156



Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.



Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35



all season (PDF)

all season (GeoPDF)




Mountain biking

Horseback riding




Rock climbing and bouldering





Nature photography


Cross country skiing


Winter hiking





Wheelchair accessible

0.33 mile


5 miles

Cross country skiing

No trails. Ski in backcountry.


A snowmobile trail passes through the park.


Throughout the park


Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Western Superior Uplands

Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Mille Lacs Uplands

Land Type Association    

Nickerson Moraine


Native Plant Communities*



* Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources    

Natural Features


Aspen - Ash Forest

Beaver Wetland Complex

Black Ash - Basswood Forest

Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest

Northern Rich Alder Swamp

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastcentral)

Sedge Meadow

Sedge Meadow: Lake Sedge Subtype

Sedge Meadow: Tussock Sedge Subtype

White Pine - White Spruce - Paper Birch Forest

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp





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Park entrance

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Agate/Geological Interpretive Center

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Echo Lake

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Black Ash - Basswood Forest

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Echo Lake Trail

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Echo Lake Trail




Moose Lake State Park
Richard Sanders

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Published on Oct 29, 2013

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Minnesota - Moose Lake State Park
Ryan Explores The World


Aug 1, 2020

2nd State Park video of Minnesota!

Located north of Minneapolis and south of Duluth on Interstate 35.

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Goin' To The Lake: Moose Lake State Park
WCCO - CBS Minnesota


Jul 14, 2016

Kylie and Molly found out Thursday that Moose Lake is an agate hunter's dream. WCCO 4 News at 6 - July 14, 2016

Elvie's Family And Travel


Premiered Oct 7, 2020


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Just a quick visit to Moose Lake before heading home from our cabin .

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MOOSE LAKE STATE PARK |Quaint and family friendly
Jodi Middendorf


Oct 19, 2021

This small, sweet, and lovely state park is another Minnesota beauty.

I camp and hike in and around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I also guide Boundary Waters Retreats! In the Superior National Forest, in Northern Minnesota. And anywhere else I can venture to! I love sharing the journey with you all.

Thank you for subscribing, it means a lot to me.


Baby Swans at Moose Lake State Park
Sam McChesney


Published on Jul 7, 2012

Dad was fishing and little baby swans came up and were resting right by us! They stayed for a good 45 minutes until the sun creeped so low that it got very hot where they were. Then they went to cool off in Eco Lake, Minnesota! Saw them the next day while we were kayaking and waved!



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Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List



Five bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)


Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Canada Goose

Mourning Dove

Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Common Greenshield Lichen (Flavoparmelia caperata)

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

  Turkey Tail

Insects and Arachnids

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

American emerald (Cordulia shurtleffii)

American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

boxelder pouchgall mite (Aceria negundi)

common green darner (Anax junius)

eastern comma (Polygonia comma)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

mustard white (Pieris oleracea)

narrow-headed marsh fly (Helophilus fasciatus)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

spring azure (Celastrina ladon)

springtime darner (Basiaeschna janata)

western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)


American lady

common green darner

eastern comma

springtime darner


American beaver (Castor canadensis)

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  American red squirrel


One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

Special Concern

St. Lawrence grapefern (Botrychium rugulosum)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Ash Forest MHn46a

Black Ash - Basswood Forest MHn46b

Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest MHn35

Northern Rich Alder Swamp FPn73

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp WFn64

Northern Wet Ash Swamp WFn55

Northern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHn46

Rich Tamarack Swamp (Eastcentral) FPn72a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Sedge Meadow: Lake Sedge Subtype WMn82b4

Sedge Meadow: Tussock Sedge Subtype WMn82b2

White Pine - White Spruce - Paper Birch Forest MHn44b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

clasping-leaved twisted-stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

dwarf raspberry (Rubus pubescens)

dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garden yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy woodrush (Luzula acuminata ssp. acuminata)

inland serviceberry (Amelanchier interior)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

sessile-leaf bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

shinleaf (Pyrola elliptica)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

small white violet (Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens)

smooth scouring rush (Equisetum laevigatum)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

variegated yellow pond lily (Nuphar variegata)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Amelanchier interior (inland serviceberry)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Barbarea vulgaris (garden yellowrocket)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum laevigatum (smooth scouring rush)

Equisetum sylvaticum (woodland horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian honeysuckle)

Luzula acuminata ssp. acuminata (hairy woodrush)

Lysimachia borealis (northern starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nuphar variegata (variegated yellow pond lily)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Panax trifolius (dwarf ginseng)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pyrola elliptica (shinleaf)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus pubescens (dwarf raspberry)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Streptopus amplexifolius (clasping-leaved twisted-stalk)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaf bellwort)

Vaccinium angustifolium (lowbush blueberry)

Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens (small white violet)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)


alsike clover

American black currant

black cherry

bluebead lily

Canada mayflower

common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

common yarrow

eastern prickly gooseberry

fragrant bedstraw

ground ivy

large-flowered bellwort

northern starflower

orange daylily

prairie rose

red clover

red osier dogwood

silvery cinquefoil

Tatarian honeysuckle

variegated yellow pond lily

white clover

wild geranium

wild leek

wood anemone


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)   painted turtle






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