Becker County

Where Found: 

1240 US Hwy 10 East, about 1 mile southeast of Detroit Lakes in a wayside park on the shore of Detroit Lake


Text On Markers: 


The great ice ages that began about one million years ago, were characterized by the advance and recession of huge ice sheets over vast areas of North America. These continental glaciers, originating in Canada, moved southward, scraping up mantle rock and soil which was dropped in central and southern Minnesota to produce plains and irregular belts of hills. Most of Minnesota's 10,000 lakes lie in such deposits and trace their origin directly or indirectly to glaciation.

In the rugged surface that extends from Detroit Lakes to Alexandria, where glacial action was particularly vigorous, the lakes are irregular in outline. Elsewhere they may be round, long, wide, narrow, big, little, sun-warmed or ice-cold; shallow and sandy or rocky and deep; mucky and weed-fringed or clear as crystal; with or without islands, inlets, bays, sand bars, beaches, or cliffs. Taken together they give Minnesota a water area greater than that of any other state. Many exhibit landscapes of unusual beauty, but all, regardless of location or character, add to Minnesota's most valuable mineral resource—water.

Erected by the Geological Society of Minnesota in cooperation with the Department of Highways, State of Minnesota. 1960

Marker Number: 



North Central/West Region

Marker Location: 

THE LAKES OF MINNESOTA Detroit Lakes 46° 48' 14.1012" N, 95° 48' 42.9012" W

Date Update: 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Information Needed: 

  • Marker Images

Condition of Marker: 

  • Fair

Marker Made Of: 

Stone with Bronze plaques

Do it yourself Region: 

Northwest Corner