Lake Louise State Park

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Lake Louise State Park

Minnesota

(507) 352-5111

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Overview

Lake Louise lures hikers, horseback riders, skiers, and snowmobilers to its trails, which wind through open landscapes and lush hardwoods. The confluence of the Little Iowa and Upper Iowa Rivers that occurs in the park provides water recreation. In addition, visitors swim, boat, or fish in Lake Louise. Hiking and horseback riding are also popular sports at this park. The lakeside picnic grounds and beach area draws visitors in the summer.

Lake Louise State Park offers visual relief from the vast pastureland cropland that surrounds the park. Within its boundaries, Lake Louise contains serene oak savanna, a mixture of grasslands and bur oaks, and scattered stands of hardwoods. Two spring fed streams join to form the Iowa River. A colony of Allium cernuum, commonly known as nodding wild onion, can be found in the park. This is a Minnesota threatened species. The nodding wild onion blooms in the spring, along with the purple-fringed orchid, woodland prairie flowers.

Lake Louise State Park is the site of Minnesota's oldest, continuous recreation area. Shortly after the area was surveyed in 1853, the town of LeRoy was platted, and the Upper Iowa River dam was constructed to provide power for a grist mill. Soon after, the railroad came through, but it passed south of the original townsite. Out of economic necessity, the town of LeRoy was moved south to its present location for access to the rails. When the grist mill was abandoned, the Hambrecht family who owned the land along the mill pond gave several acres to the village as a recreation area. At that time the site was known as Wildwood Park. The mill pond was named after a member of the Hambrecht family and still bears her name, "Louise." In 1962, the city of LeRoy donated Wildwood Park -- about 70 acres -- to the state of Minnesota to form the nucleus of Lake Louise State Park. Today, the statutory boundary totals 1,168 acres.

Map of Lake Louise (MN)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.533090, -92.523974

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is no boat launch within the state park.

  • Bicycling

    The fourteen mile Shooting Star State Trail winds through the park and is available for use in the spring through late fall. 1.5 miles of the trail run from the park to the town of LeRoy for a leisurely ride to and from town.

  • Camping

    Lake Louise State Park is staffed on a seasonal basis. Camping at the park opens April 30 and remains available through Labor Day.

  • Fishing

    Visitors may enjoy lake or stream fishing.

  • Hiking

    The park offers 11.6 miles of hiking trails, as well as one mile of self-guided trail.

  • Historic Sites

    Originally named Wildwood Park, the park has been used for recreation since the 1800s.

  • Horseback Riding

    The park's 9.7 miles of horse paths are very popular with trail riders. Horse trails are typically open May through early November, weather permitting. A Minnesota trail pass is required.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area next to the swimming beach includes picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms with sinks and running water. The picnic shelter is open, is accessible, and has electricity, picnic tables and lights.

  • RVing

    There is a five-ton weight limit on the Cady Bridge, which provides access to the campground. If your vehicle or RV exceeds this weight, please contact the park for other options.

  • Water Sports

    A swimming beach is located in the park. The picnic area is nearby.

  • Winter Sports

    No ski trails are designated in the park. The local friends' group sometimes grooms certain trails for skiing. 9.6 miles of snowmobile trails are within the park. However, this trail also connects to more miles of local and regional trails. The local snowmobile club grooms trails through the park which connect to an extensive Grant-In-Aid trail network in Southeast Minnesota. There is no parking for vehicles pulling trailers in winter at Lake Louise. Snowshoers may travel anywhere in the park. The wooded corridors along the streams and lake are especially appealing.

Seasonality/Weather

Lake Louise State Park is staffed on a seasonal basis. Camping at the park opens April 30 and remains available through Labor Day. Showers and the dump station open dates correspond with this.

Park Partners

Friends of Lake Louise State Park

Directions

Driving

The park is located approximately 1.5 miles north of LeRoy on County Road 14.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(507) 352-5111

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