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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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Water alert

Blue Mounds State Park received a drinking water test result on Sunday, June 7, 2015 that tested positive for bacteria. A chlorinating system has been installed to remove the bacteria and sinks, toilets and showers will be available.

Even though sinks and showers are on, we will be providing gallon jugs of drinking water and recommend that you fill your RV freshwater tanks in Luverne or Pipestone before arriving at the park. Locations to fill your tanks before arriving at the park.

The Minnesota Department of Health will be monitoring the water and we will update this message if the situation changes. In the event that showers and sinks must be turned off, campers will be given a $4 discount per night upon arrival at the park office. If showers are turned off, campers will be given the option to cancel or modify their reservation to a different time or park at no charge by calling the reservation call center at 1-866-857-2757.

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

Last updated July 2, 2015

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Lower Mound Lake:

Curious where the lake went, and what's happening with it now? Find out.

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.

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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 Blue Mounds State Park.


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


Best time to contact the park:

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

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


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.