Welcome to beautiful Lake Shetek!!
Lake Shetek is the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota and the headwaters of the Des Moines River.The word "Shetek" is Ojibwe for "pelican," a bird which visits Lake Shetek during the summer and fall.
Lake Shetek State Park is a gateway to water recreation on Lake Shetek. The park provides launch facilities for motorboats and canoes, and rents out non-motorized watercraft. Portage trails provide access to two smaller lakes within the park. A swimming area lies at the foot of the beachhouse. Game fish in Lake Shetek include walleye, northern pike, perch, bullhead, crappie, and channel catfish. In winter ice fishing for crappies is popular.
The park contains 70 drive-in campsites spread across three separate campgrounds. All but six sites have electrical hookups. The Oak Woods Campground also offers four camper cabins, eight cart-in sites for tenters, flush toilets, and showers. Elsewhere in the park there is a group camp accommodating up to 30 people in tents and a one more cart-in site.
The park boasts 14 miles of hiking trails, including a 1.5-mile interpretive trail across the causeway and around Loon Island. A 6-mile paved loopódesignated a section of the Casey Jones State Trailóruns between the park and Currie, accommodating joggers, bicyclists, and inline skaters. In winter 5 miles are open to snowmobiles. A small visitor center houses interpretive displays. The restored Koch Cabin contains period-accurate furnishings and is open to visitors during business hours.