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Straight Lake State Park

Straight Lake State Park Current conditions

Park Development: Finishing touches such as park signage, kiosks, and grills will be completed this year. The campground is currently closed and will open once hazardous trees have been removed and all permitting has been completed. Two solar water systems are planned to be installed. Check out the updated park map to see the layout of the park.


Trails are in good condition except for a few stretches of the Ice Age Trail near 280th Ave. due to a busy beaver family expanding their dam. Try out the new Rainbow Lake, Glacial, and Straight Lake trails for a fall hike.

The Rainbow Lake Trail is a 1-mile trail that goes around Rainbow Lake. This challenging trail provides excellent views of Rainbow Lake and the surrounding landscape. The Glacial Trail is a connector trail between the Rainbow Lake Trail and the east side of the park where it connects with the Ice Age Trail. The Glacial Trail provides views of the hummocky terrain left behind after the last Ice Age. The Straight Lake Trail is about 0.9-miles long. It starts at the picnic area parking lot and winds its way down to the southern shore of Straight Lake.


Camping is currently not allowed at Straight Lake State Park. Once all permitting has been completed, 10 hike-to campsites located on the south side of Straight Lake will open for use.


Check out the new walk to access to Rainbow and Straight lakes along with the fishing platform on Rainbow Lake.


Fall color is still as less than 50 percent. Deer have been seen in along the parking lots eating the clover. Swans, geese and other waterfowl can be seen on Straight Lake. A variety birds are making their way through the park on their migration south.

More information

Vehicle admission stickers are now required at Straight Lake State Park. Admission fees can be paid at self-registration boxes (cash or check) which are located in the picnic area, campground, and 280th Ave. parking lots. Credit and Debit Cards are not accepted at Straight Lake at this time.

Last revised: Friday September 29 2017