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Blue Mounds State Park


Blue Mounds State Park is full of natural surprises. Start with the Sioux quartzite cliff, rising 100 feet from the plains. A bison herd grazes on the prairie. Prickly pear cactus blooms in June and July. A sea of prairie grasses and flowers sway in the wind. The park is also a favorite for birdwatchers who want to see nesting blue grosbeaks and other birds. Enjoy camping and hiking.

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Visitor Alert

Citizen advisory group for Blue Mounds State Park

Anyone interested in serving on a citizen advisory group for Blue Mounds State Park should send a letter of interest by July 27 via email to rachel.hopper@state.mn.usor via U.S. mail to: Rachel Hopper, DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. The letter should answer the following questions:

  • What is your vision for the future of Blue Mounds State Park?
  • Why are you interested in participating on the citizen advisory group?
  • What education, work experience or expertise would you bring to the group?

DNR is looking for a diverse set of interests to be represented on the group, which will discuss a variety of topics such as resolving water quality issues, expanding recreation options and marketing the park.

The group will meet periodically throughout the fall and winter and will make recommendations to the DNR early next year. There will be opportunities for public comment during this time as well.

Blue Mounds State Park dam update

For more details, refer to the news release: DNR decides not to rebuild Blue Mounds State Park dam.

Drinking Water Update:

The water system serving the office and main campground at Blue Mounds State Park has tested positive for E. coli bacteria, and the water is not safe for consumption. According to recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, park visitors should not drink the water or use it for food preparation, brushing teeth, or dishwashing. The showers and sinks will not be on while the problem persists. Flush toilets are available.

The park office will provide campers with gallon jugs of drinking water, when open. Campers may fill their RV freshwater tanks at the fill stations in Luverne or Pipestone, MN. Locations to fill your tanks before arriving at the park. The Luverne Aquatic Center will also allow our campers to shower at no charge during their regular hours. The aquatic center showers are an open locker room style.

Campers who stay in the main campground while the water is off will be given a $4 discount per night upon arrival at the park office. Campers may also modify their reservation to another park or date for no charge by calling 1-866-857-2757.

We are actively pursuing a solution involving a new treatment system. Please check this site for the latest information

We apologize for any inconveniences this situation might cause and hope to see you at the park.

Visitor Center

The Fredrick Manfred House visitor Center is currently closed while we are addressing some structural issues, and will remain closed through 2016

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated July 18, 2016)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

 Take a front row seat at the 2012 Blue Mounds State Park bison roundup!

Bison roundup video

Take three minutes to enjoy a front row seat at a bison roundup, and learn about what makes our herd unique. Click the image at right to launch the video.

Gift Cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

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 Blue Mounds State Park.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Blue Mounds State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Hiking

tree Rock Climbing

tree Wildlife

tree Buffalo Herd

tree Prairie Wildflowers / Grasses


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Spring/Summer: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fall/Winter: Weekends, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact

1410 161st Street
Luverne, MN 56156

tel: 507-283-6050

fax: 507-283-1306

email: bluemounds.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From the town of Luverne, go north 4 miles on Minnesota Hwy. 75. Turn east on County Road 20 and go 1 mile to park entrance.