Blue Mounds State Park

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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

Prairie and Bison Tour Coming Soon

Join us in summer 2018 as we travel into the bison pasture at Blue Mounds State park on the Prairie and Bison Tour! This 1.5 hour tour will take participants into the bison pasture aboard the bison buggy, a special tour vehicle that seats 12 participants over the age of 4 years old. Immerse yourself in the sights and smell of the prairie as we keep an eye out for the park's bison herd! More information will be released soon and reservations will be strongly recommended, so be sure to check back for updates.

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. Park visitors who are planning a camping trip in 2018 should know that most likely the showers and sinks will not be on while the problem persists. The camping price is reduced by $4 per night as a result (at the reduced rates, electric campsites are $25 per night, and non-electric sites are $17 per night). Flush toilets are available during the warm seasons (see seasonal update link for flush toilet availability).

The park office provides 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.


Campers may use the City of Luverne's Aquatic and Fitness Center showers at no charge, during the center's regular hours. The aquatic center showers are an open locker room style.

Rock County Rural Water will be extending a waterline to the park sometime in the 2018 construction season which will provide potable water. We will update this notice when we have a construction timeline.

Visitor Center Closed

The Fredrick Manfred House Visitor Center is currently closed until further notice.

(Updated 2/16/18)

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

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.

Video: Take a front row seat at a Blue Mounds State Park bison roundup!

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Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


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: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


1410 161st Street
Luverne, MN 56156

tel: 507-283-6050

fax: 507-283-1306


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.