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covered hills provide striking vistas of are found in summer seeking food in the residents were primarily hunters

following morning except to
small, clear lakes nestled in deep valleys. the shallows. Birds of prey can be seen during this period. registered campers.
The park, established in 1963 by hunting. Their nests are sometimes • Camp only in designated locations.
legislative action, provides a public found in heavily wooded areas. Other sites were identified at the same • The use of firearms, explosives, air
recreational area of about 9,000 acres. time. One was a temporary campsite with guns, slingshots, traps, seines, nets,

Its many attractions offer people a GEOLOGY: Maplewood lies on a series little archaeological evidence. The other bows and arrows, and all other
variety of recreational opportunities of hills in the Park Landscape Region had a fire ring constructed from large weapons is prohibited in state parks.
MAPLEWOOD throughout the year. near the eastern edge of the level Red boulders. This area was not excavated. • Pets must be restrained on a leash no
River Valley. These hills, part of the longer than six feet. Pets are not
St. Paul • WILDLIFE: Maplewood is located in the Alexandria Moraine, were deposited Records of modern man in the area allowed in park buildings.
transition area between the state's eastern during the last ice age. Relief is abrupt, began in the mid-1880s when the • Park in designated areas only.
forests and western prairies. It contains with changes of about 300 feet in less original land surveys occurred. • Motor bikes and other licensed
plants and animals found in both. than a mile. The highest hills in the Township lines were surveyed in the vehicles are allowed only on park
Thirteen plant communities support park approach 1,600 feet. Lake Lida 1850s followed by section surveys in roads, not on trails.
MAPLEWOOD nearly 150 species of breeding birds, 40 Basin was probably formed when the 1870. Original land plats and a county • Enjoy park wildlife and plants but
STATE PARK kinds of mammals, and 25 kinds of
reptiles and amphibians. The park is
last glacier retreated 20,000 years ago
and left ice stranded in a valley. The
map made in 1874 did not show any
dwellings or improvements.
please respect them. Do not pick or
dig up plants, disturb or feed animals,
FOR MORE INFORMATION known for its large hardwood trees. ice melted, exposing the basin and or scavenge dead wood.
Maplewood State Park allowed the present lake to form. Settlement started shortly after, with • Build fires only in designated
39721 Park Entrance Road
The hardwood forest includes trees such Lida and Maplewood townships locations – fire rings or fireplaces.
Pelican Rapids, MN 56572-7723
(218) 863-8383
as sugar maple, basswood, American HISTORY: Evidence of people in organized in 1879 and 1880 respectively. Wood is available for purchase from
♦ elm, and aspen. Few softwoods are Maplewood dates back about 1,300 In 1890, the two townships had a park staff. Portable stoves or grills
Department of Natural Resources found in this part of the state, but years, but man was certainly there population of 757 persons. This grew are permitted.
Information Center occasionally red cedar and tamarack earlier. An archaeological site just north to 1167 by 1900 and then declined • Daily or annual permits are required
500 Lafayette Road may be found in the park. of Pelican Rapids shows that man lived slightly after that. for all vehicles entering a state park.
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040 in the area at least 6,000 years ago. They may be purchased at the park
(651) 296-6157 (Metro Area) Upland flowers are common, with INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS: Self- headquarters or the Information
1-888-646-6367 (MN Toll Free) representatives from both prairie and Starting in 1967, University of Minnesota guided trails allow visitors to explore Center in St. Paul (See “FOR MORE
TDD (Telecommunications forest. The forest floor has many archaeologists examined the park and and learn about many interesting INFORMATION ” to left).
Device for Deaf) striking spring flowers; trillium, identified several study sites. One site features in the park. Interpreting signs
(651) 296-5484 (Metro Area) bloodroot, and liverwort being exhibited characteristics typical of both at points of interest introduce visitors ♦
1-800-657-3929 (MN Toll Free) common. Prairie species include wild prairie and woodland cultures. A few to scenes sometimes missed by the
This information is available in
DNR Web Site: onion, showy milkweed, beardtongue, Late Woodland artifacts were also found casual observer. A demonstration forest alternative format upon request.
and prairie rose. Many flower in late showing that the site may have been exhibits several types of forest
summer and fall. used periodically until it was settled by management. Brochures are available “Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from
MAPLEWOOD STATE PARK is modern man. for persons desiring more information. programs of the Minnesota Department of Natural
located seven miles east of Pelican White-tailed deer may be seen
Resources is available to all individuals regardless of
race, color, creed or religion, national origin, sex, marital
Rapids, Minnesota, on State Highway throughout the park. Many browse along Most artifacts indicated that the site SO EVERYONE CAN ENJOY THE PARK... status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual
108 in Otter Tail County. Highway map the park drive. Beaver are active in some was occupied during the Middle • The park belongs to all Minnesotans.
orientation, age or disability. Discrimination inquires
should be sent to the Minnesota Department of Natural
index: C-11 lakes; their cuttings and lodges may be Woodland Period (1,200 to 900 years Please treat it with respect and help Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4031;
or the Equal Opportunity Office, Depart-
seen in several locations. Raccoon, ago). Fire hearths, food pits, and post us to protect it by following the rules. Minnesota
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: On a series ment of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
squirrels, rabbits, and chipmunks are holes were found, along with • The park is open year-round. On a 20240.”
of high hills, Maplewood State Park
also present and often seen. numerous pieces of pottery and many daily basis, the park gate is closed
provides a respite from the intensively DEPARTMENT OF
Herons and other large wading birds animal bones. Evidence showed that from 10:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M. the © 1/2006 by State of Minnesota, NATURAL RESOURCES

farmed lands that surround it. The tree- Department of Natural Resources DNR Maps

6 mi.3 . 3. Two ramps are provided in the park. gate and roads other than those shown. A Distances shown are between reference points 3. the area provides a changing . township road 0. 1 . LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ? The DNR has mapped the state showing federal.0 mi. 0. For persons 0.0 mi.7 mi. Drive slowly and GRASS 0. boats are allowed in the swimming SUMMER TRAILS area. DNR 1. pit toilets. at major points of interest. Many Maplewood glimpses of wildlife can be expected.8 mi.5 mi. there are 17 0. PELICAN RAPIDS. Purchase at the contact Lake Lida station.0 Miles Kilometers Primitive Group Camp Backpack Campsites Wildlife Observation Horse Campground Information/Office Canoe Camping FACILITIES 108 FACILITIES AND 0 . 0.0 mi. • Trails. PE Hollow Loop 0. 0. available for purchase from the DNR gift shop. miles for horseback riding. Church 0.3 • Swimming Beach.8 mi. COW area where they can identify trees. Water. Interpretive 0. Minnesota state parks and major 7 miles These are active-watch service notices.6 mi.4 mi.2 mi. Two way traffic with 0. • Laundry.6 mi.1 .7 mi. • Park Drive.4 mi. Check it out . watch for parked cars. No motor 0 Private Property Public Use Prohibited Mountain Biking 0. Located on Lake Lida. 0. 0. Multiple-use trails are available 0. Hallaway Overlook Hill 108 property private facilities.4 . rustic picnic location. sharp curves.7 mi. A self- G1 Entrance Group Camp guiding trail leads visitors through the Park 1. of this park that are not under the jurisdiction Because lands exist within the boundaries of the D.MAPLEWOOD STATE PARK 1.5 mi. Showers .7 mi. loop ile Woodland m Trail northern. Obtain locally outside the park. sporting and map stores.4 mi. Public Recreation Information Maps (PRIM) are regional offices. Groceries.4 and flush toilets are available.7 mi.0 1. . • Forest Demonstration Area. check with the park manager dramatic vistas. Summer trails 2. Knoll Loop 0. AM • Lake Lida Group Picnic Area. 0. 1.2 mi.4 mi.5 Campground FEATURES Trail Center Picnic Area 24 Boat Ramp Swimming • Campgrounds: Sixty-one family . and panfish. include 25 miles of hiking trails and 15 0. one on South Hiking Lake Lida and one on Beers Lake. Department of Natural Resources .1 mi. ood miles of ski trails and 14 miles of Ironw snowmobile trails.4 mi. 1..5 mi. BOATERS-CAUTION! Submerged Rocks. . state and county lands with their recreational • Firewood. • Maplewood Church and Cemetery.N.4 mi.4 mi.3 mi. An RH excellent view is afforded from this'll be glad you did. Gas.2 . lakes offer good fishing for walleye. 0. Both (minimal maintenance) s 1.R.4 mi.5 miles • Boat Launching Ramps. Interpretive signs if you plan to use facilities such as trails 0.0 mi.4 mi. 0.1 Small boats only nearby picnic area makes this an ideal Trail Distance Reference Points Horseback / Hiking location for family recreation. 24 3 © 1/2006 by State of Minnesota.5 campsites are provided in three locations around Grass Lake.2 house and sanitation building. 0.5 mi. Loop Main and a large parking area. throughout the year.2 NORTH BEERS 0. • Overlooks. High hills provide 0. The winter trails are groomed weekly. l ai Tr returning in the winter.5 mi.