Minneopa State Park Management Plan Amendment

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails is releasing for public review and comment a draft management plan amendment for Minneopa State Park. The DNR is proposing to reintroduce bison to the state park and provide opportunities for the public to view and learn about bison.

Download the Draft Plan Amendment This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (2 MB)

Background

The management plan amendment describes the reintroduction of bison and addresses the impacts and opportunities created by the reintroduction for resource management, interpretive services, and recreational use and visitor services at the state park.

Minneopa State Park was established in 1905. The state park contains southern Minnesota's largest waterfall and the remains of the historic Seppmann Mill. The park encompasses 2,691 acres, of which 1,653 are owned and managed by the DNR. The park's most popular attraction is Minneopa Falls, a double waterfall on Minneopa Creek. Park facilities include a campground, group camps, picnic areas, a visitor center, and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Minneopa State Park is located 5 miles west of Mankato, in Blue Earth County.

Public input

An open house meeting was held during the planning process in Mankato on April 22, 2014. Comments regarding the draft plan amendment were accespted through May 5, 2014.

Next steps

The draft plan amendment is being revised to incorporate comments received during the public review period and continued refinement of the proposal by DNR staff. A final draft of the amendment will be prepared for department review and approval.

More information

Jade Templin, principal planner, 651-259-5598 or jade.templin@state.mn.us.