Monson Lake State Park (Sunburg, MN) 25-Apr-2023

At just 346 acres (140 ha), Monson Lake State Park is one of the smaller properties in Minnesota’s state park system. It was established to commemorate an incident during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, one of the nastiest armed conflicts in Minnesota’s history as a state.

Today, Monson basically provides access to Monson and West Sunburg Lakes, which were formed by the melting of huge chunks of glacial ice embedded in this area’s glacial till.

The Hiking Club route at Monson is about a mile (1.6 km), so we extended it a tiny bit by taking at side trail out to a peninsula jutting into in Monson Lake.

Leaving the trailhead
At least 3 species of frog were chorusing madly in this flooded marsh
West Sunburg Lake was ice-free

No wildflowers were seen but there were a large number of waterfowl – cormorants, pelicans, swans, egrets, and geese – clustered around an island at the north side of Monson Lake. And a chipmunk torn between asking for a treat and running away. And possibly a muskrat.

Curious but careful nonetheless
The east side of Munson Lake still had a decent cover of ice
Goose on ice
Muskrat – looked too small to be a beaver
The ice proved to be pretty slushy
The west half of Monson is ice-free
A less than clear view from the peninsula – ice to the right, open water to the left
And back to the trailhead

This was an invigorating walk (1.2 miles/1.9 km) to settle lunch before we started our drive back to the Cities. It was good to pay a visit here but Monson is definitely more of a water activity park since it provides easy access to two large lakes. And with a canoe portage between them.

We returned home to begin planning a visit to the 3 parks we’d missed when Plan A fell apart. Since there are 26 letters in our alphabet, we might feel emboldened to call the new plan something other than “A”. ๐Ÿ˜


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  1. At least we can see more ground instead of only white. ๐Ÿ˜Š “I love it when a plan comes together.” Hannibal from the A-Team tv show.


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