Banning State Park
Treat yourself to a visit to Banning State Park, just minutes off I-35 near Sandstone. In the spring, watch daring canoeists and kayakers shoot the turbulent rapids at Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, Dragon's Tooth and Hell's Gate. In the summer, hike along the Kettle River amid dramatic sandstone rock formations with lush lichens, liverworts and mosses. Visit Wolf Creek Falls, the Log Creek Arches and Robinson's Ice Cave. Stay at the new camper cabin (sleeps five people), which includes bunk beds, a table and benches. Take in the historic ruins of Banning Sandstone Quarry. The park is known for camping, picnicking, cross-country skiing, beautiful trails for hiking and the study of natural history.
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Deer hunt October to November
There will be a deer hunt in Banning State Park on October 31 through November 1. Specific parking area will be assigned to each hunter party after lottery selection. Canoe campsites on east side of Kettle River and "Hell's Gate Rapids" portage trail will be closed October 30 through November 2. The park will remain open to the public during the hunt.
For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.
(Updated Oct. 7, 2015)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
State Forest Campground:
Banning State Park also manages the Willow River Campground on Zalesky Lake (I-35 Exit 205) within General Andrews State Forest. Camping is available April 28 to October 30. There are 38 drive-in and two hike-in campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis, each with vault toilets and a hand pump for drinking water. A tent-only group camp is also available for up to 50 people. Group camp is $50/night and can be reserved by calling Banning State Park at 320-245-2668. The other campsites are $14/night and do not take reservations.
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Banning State Park.
Bird Checklist at Banning State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Fall/Spring: Saturday - Monday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday, Intermittent ; Friday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Winter: Friday - Monday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday, Intermittent
Summer: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. If no one is available, please leave a message.
P.O. Box 643
Sandstone, MN 55072
The park is located is off I-35, Exit #195. Follow signs to the park.