Lake Carlos

Living and Vacationing on Lake Carlos:

Lake Carlos boasts amazing lake homes, unrivaled lake recreation, hard sandy and clean shorelines, quality resorts, and great restaurants. Beautiful lake homes are complemented by our Alexandria Lakes area hospitality, shopping, and culture. To learn more about living and vacationing on Lake Carlos, visit our Chamber of Commerce website at!


New on the Chain for 2016 is Lake Carlos Bay Resort featured on VRBO/HomeAway. Lake Carlos Bay is located on SE Lake Carlos, the largest and deepest lake on the Alexandria Chain of Lakes. It is within walking distance of three restaurants; Zorbaz, Bug-a-Boo Bay, and Interlachen Inn; and minutes away from downtown Alexandria. Visit Carlos Creek Winery, Casey's Amusement Park, plus numerous golf courses in the area.  Lake Carlos Bay Resort is a perfect destination to enjoy lake living at its best!



Welcome to Lake Carlos Villas, your home away from home! Since the early 1980's, Lake Carlos Villas has provided an enjoyable get-away with golfing, swimming, and fishing in the summer; ice fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter.  A six-year renovation has updated the Villas to a first class resort. There are 18 timeshare units on beautiful Lake Carlos with 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms. Facilities include a club house, library, an outdoor pool (summer), and an indoor pool and large hot tub.






Water Area: 2,520 Acres
Maximum Depth: 163 Ft.

Fish Species: black bullhead, black crappie, bluegill, brown bullhead, brown trout, burbot, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, rock bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish, tullibee (cisco), walleye, yellow bullhead, yellow perch, bowfin (dogfish), common carp, redhorse, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, white sucker, banded killifish, blackchin shiner, blacknose shiner, bluntnose minnow, brook silverside, brook stickleback, common shiner, fathead minnow, golden shiner, hornyhead chub, Iowa darter, Johnny darter, least darter, logperch, mimic shiner, mottled sculpin, pugnose shiner, spotfin shiner, spottail shiner


Unique Features: Amazing Depth! Largest lake on the Alexandria Chain of Lakes!



Amazing Lakehomes:

...and great fishing!




Lake Carlos State Park:


Sculpted by ancient glaciers, Lake Carlos State Park contains a tamarack bog, marshes, woodland ponds, and lakes. A variety of recreational activities revolve around the lake. Clear and deep, Lake Carlos offers visitors a perfect setting for swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking and horseback riding. In the winter, ski from the tamarack bog to a maple-basswood forest. Typical peak fall color is late September to early October.


Lake Carlos State Park has a year-round naturalist. See the park's calendar of events for the current listing of interpretive programs. One third of Minnesota's 80 mammals and over 150 species of birds inhabit the park seasonally or year around. Visitors often see beaver, deer, loons, grebes, ducks and heron.



Lake Carlos Marina is located next to beautiful Lake Carlos State Park and is the only marina on the Alexandria chain of lakes. They provide a variety of services including boat rentals. It's a great place to start your day when you want to relax on the water with family and friends!






Aerial View of Lake Carlos -  MNDNR Lakefinder