Glacial Lakes State Park RV & Campground Guide

Minnesota

The Glacial Lakes State Park provides serene vistas of lakes and rolling prairie hills in central Minnesota. The park's largest lake is Signalness, which boasts 1.42 miles of shoreline and 56 acres of water area, but there are also several smaller lakes and ponds in the south of the park. The nearest cities are Starbuck, just a 10-minute drive up the road, and Glenwood, which is about 18 minutes away by car. The seasons bring many changes to the area, but there is much to do year-round. The seasonal average temperatures are as follows:

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Weather
Spring 32-79 F
Summer 47-83 F
Fall 21-73 F
Winter 1-39 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Glacial Lakes State Park

Whether you're considering renting an RV for the first time or you have been doing so for years, you should know that RVing is the perfect way to explore this part of the country at your own pace and on your own terms without the discomfort and inconvenience of camping. If you're in the market for a rental RV to gear up for a trip to Glacial Lakes State Park, look no further than RVshare.com

South Pointe RV Park

In addition to offering access to the magnificent Lake Minnewaska, South Pointe RV Park is full with amenities ranging from fire rings and pergolas with picnic tables to a fish-cleaning house and boat ramps. There's even a creek with a mini waterfall!

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes

Hobo Park Campground

Run by the local government, Hobo Park Campground is a safe bet for your area camping needs. It provides facilities for outdoor games as well as playground equipment. Furthermore, the campsite is connected to the Glacial Lakes Trail, which leads to a nearby beach.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Unknown
  • Wi-Fi: Unknown
  • Pet-friendly: Yes

RV Rentals Near Glacial Lakes State Park

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Restaurants

What to Do at
Glacial Lakes State Park

Inside Glacial Lakes State Park

Many people reserve their outdoor adventuring for the warmer months, but Glacial Lakes State Park really shines in the winter. For one thing, Signalness Lake offers fantastic ice fishing opportunities. You can catch bass, perch, northern pike, crappies, walleye, and sunfish, and the park is also a great place to snowshoe.

If you're visiting during the summer, you'll want to take advantage of the five-mile paved trail that winds through the park and connects it to Starbuck. You can also rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat, or stand-up paddleboard if you want to get up close and personal with the lake. During your stay, you can hope to catch glimpses of native wildlife like cougars, timber wolves, bats, elk, Canada lynx, bison, voles, lemmings, shrews, weasels, and beavers. Birders should watch out for bald eagles, loons, cranes, falcons, grouse, hawks, pheasants, woodcocks, and swans.

Outside Glacial Lakes State Park

Whether you need to stock up on camping supplies, pick up a souvenir, or find a place to eat, there are great opportunities in the surrounding area.

Restaurants

Water's Edge Bar & Restaurant

Just four miles from Glacial Lakes State Park, Water's Edge Bar & Restaurant overlooks the scenic western shores of Lake Minnewaska. The bar and grill are open past midnight and offer a menu of classic, hearty American fare. It also has a wide selection of fine seafood.

Type: Bar, Grill

Location: 731 MN-29, Starbuck, MN 56381

Nutcracker Cafe

This charming and quirky local spot, known for the unique decorations that reflect its name, is located in the heart of downtown Starbuck. In addition to serving coffee, the staff offers home-cooked comfort food year-round. The cafe is open from the crack of dawn until 3 p.m., so you can stop in for a hearty breakfast or a nice light meal later on in the day. 

Type: Cafe, Restaurant

Location: 511 N Main St, Starbuck, MN 56381

Knutsons Concessions

If you're looking for a quick and refreshing pick-me-up, particularly of the sugary variety, this humble concession stand would be perfect. Knutsons Concessions is parked just off the main street leading into Starbuck. It offers mini donuts, 14 flavors of shaved ice, root beer floats, and several savory offerings, including nachos and pulled pork sandwiches.

Type: Food Trick

Location: 104 E 4th St, Starbuck, MN 56381

Franny's Bar and Grill

Franny's is a local joint that boasts lively dancing and karaoke nights. The food menu includes pizza and burgers. Beers start at $3, and regulars rave about the friendly owners and bartenders.

Type: Bar, Grill

Location: 110 E 5th St, Starbuck, MN 56381, United States

Minnewaska House

If you're willing to travel a bit farther afield, the Minnewaska House is a great option. The restaurant overlooks the northern edge of Lake Minnewaska and is a 14-minute drive from Glacial Lakes State Park. From perfectly cooked steak to pan-fried walleye and burgers with waffle fries, this location has a great combination of familiar favorites and local specialties. The restaurant is known for its outstanding service and generous portion sizes. It also provides catering services and can easily accommodate large groups.

Type: American

Location: 24895 MN-28, Glenwood, MN 56334

Shopping

Urban Threads Clothing Boutique

Urban Threads Clothing Boutique is a highly rated clothing store in Glenwood, on the other side of Lake Minnewaska from Glacial Lakes State Park. Modern and chic, Urban Threads offers a curated collection of women's garments of all types. The proprietor vows to provide "casual and trendy" pieces to flesh out your wardrobe to perfection. In addition to tops, dresses, bottoms, shoes, and jewelry, Urban Threads sells items like scrunchies, face masks, water bottles, and beach towels.

Location: 625 S Lake Shore Dr b120, Glenwood, MN 56334

Old Times

Old Times is an antique store that sells collectibles and vintage treasures. The store even offers a subscription service for hardcore antique fanatics who want to keep up with the best places to hunt down ancient treasures in the Upper Midwest. Check out the location in central Glenwood and see what you'll find!

Location: 107 East Minnesota Ave W, Glenwood, MN 56334

Class Act Thrift Sop

Class Act Thrift Shop is a no-nonsense thrift store housed in a red and white warehouse on the edge of Glenwood. The spacious interior houses a large selection of homeware and clothing. This could be an ideal place to stock up on any items you might be missing at a discounted price or find a unique piece nearly lost to the ages.

Location: 660 County Rd 21 S #300, Glenwood, MN 56334

Sightseeing

Terrace Mill

Besides the eponymous flour mill dating back to 1903, the historic Terrace Mill area comprises a beautiful stone bridge, dam, log cabin, heritage cottage, and millpond. Inside the mill, there are art galleries and a gift shop that sells ice cream. The picturesque surroundings offer great photo opportunities.

Location: 27165 Old Mill Pond Rd, Glenwood, MN 56334-8255

Pope Country Museum

Pope County Museum is a charming repository of Minnesota history. The collection features local artifacts of all types. The Native American exhibit is particularly impressive.

Location: 809 S Lakeshore Dr, Glenwood, MN 56334-9406

Barsness Park

Nestled along the northeastern shore of Lake Minnewaska, Barsness Park has something for everyone. Some of the amenities include playgrounds, horseshoe pits, softball diamonds, sand volleyball courts, a skate park, and a disc golf course. The park also boasts four miles of hiking trails.

Location: South Lake Shore Dr., Glenwood, MN 56334

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How to Get to
Glacial Lakes State Park

To reach the park from Starbuck, just head south on Main Street and keep going once the road turns into County Highway 41. The park will be on your left after 5.7 miles.

Entering Glacial Lakes State Park

The park is open daily between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. 

Per vehicle : $0

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