Friends of Lake Maria State Park

A nonprofit organization

$1,870 raised by 13 donors

94% complete

$2,000 Goal

The Friends of Lake Maria was officially organized in 1996, but our actual work began in 1992. That’s when the inaugural “March for the Parks” event began to raise money for programming at Lake Maria State Park. Over the years, however, this event began to lose steam as more groups began marching for their causes. To fill the void, the Friends of Lake Maria was formed and became solely responsible for funding and hosting seven or eight events each year that promoted nature, recreation and science in the park. Membership support makes these events possible.

Lake Maria is classified as a “Core-Gateway” park that the DNR wants to invest in to attract new outdoor recreation participants. Currently, however, there is minimal staffing and no resident naturalist. So, the work of the Friends to bring more programming and volunteer activity to the park is important in connecting more people to the outdoors.

The Friends is always looking for new members and we welcome and very much appreciate your time and donations to further our mission.

Organization Data


Organization name

Friends of Lake Maria State Park




PO Box 29
Maple Lake, MN 55358