the farmlands that surround the park, Maplewood sits
on a series of high tree-covered hills that provide
visitors with striking vistas of small, clear lakes
nestled in deep valleys. The park is located in a
transition area between the western prairies and the
eastern forests and contains plants and animals found
in both landscapes.
The park is known for its hardwood trees including
sugar maple, basswood, American elm and oak. These
same trees provide a stunning display of fall colors
each year. In addition, red cedar and tamarack are
found in the park. Wildflower lovers will find flowers
and grasses representative of both the prairies and
forests. Spring through fall, the park is "dressed"
with displays of trillium, hepatica, bloodroot, yellow
lady's slipper, wild onion, prairie rose, and showy
Amongst its 9,250 acres, Maplewood also boasts eight
major lakes and many ponds that offer water lovers
places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax. Lake
Lida boarders the park to the west and is one of the
most popular destinations for swimmers and anglers
Grass Lake, adjacent to the main campground, is a
panfish angler favorite. Beers Lake is well known
for Muskellunge and has a fishing pier for those without
a boat. If you are after something else you may wish
to wet a line in Bass Lake which despite it's name
is managed for Rainbow Trout.
The park drive at dawn and dusk is a great time to
see deer. Beaver are active in some lakes and raccoons,
squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and turtles can be seen
frequently. As a result of the varied landscape in
the park, 150 bird species breed here, along with
50 species of mammals. Maplewood's extensive trail
system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country
abound in Maplewood State Park.
Minnesota state park permit is required for each
vehicle. You can buy them upon entry.
more information, see the Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us