The Moose Lake Agate and Geological Center is a “don’t miss stop,” according to the park’s website.
Given that the Lake Superior agate is Minnesota’s gemstone, I just knew the exhibit would be the highlight of our visit to Moose Lake State Park, the 2nd park of our goal to visit all 76, and only 45-minutes south of Duluth.
Here’s what we found when we arrived on the Friday afternoon of Easter weekend.
We were so bummed.
As usual, though, as soon as we started to hike everyone’s spirits were lifted.
We had the entire park to ourselves. It is a relatively small park, with about 5 miles of hiking trails, which are broken into short, manageable loops (great for little hikers).
Park Highlights as Reported by Finley, 3 years old
1. Seeing geese (first sighting since autumn)
2. Walking with Mom (be still my heart)
3. Playing hide-n-seek among the huge trees
Park Highlights as Reported by Daley, 7 years old
1. Playing on the small sand beach
2. Exploring the fishing dock
3. Looking for tadpoles
Hands down my favorite aspect was the amazing multitrunk trees near the picnic area. There were dozens of them, creating the feeling of an enchanted forest.
While our family goal is to visit all 76 MN State Parks at least once (click here to read how we hope to instill a “sense of place” through this goal), we can see now that we will return to many of the parks again and again.
Each has so much to offer.
Daley asked on the ride home if we could come back to rent a row boat from the park office, explore the park’s Echo Lake and fish off the pier.
Next time, I’ll be sure to call the park office first to check that the Agate and Geological Center will be open.
You may also be interested in reading my post about the MN State Parks Passport Club in which the kids are participating.
Have you been to Moose Lake State Park? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!