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

Blue Mounds State Park Citizen Advisory Group

The citizen advisory group brings together community members with a particular interest in Blue Mounds State Park. Latest information and public meetings.

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. Park visitors who are planning a camping trip in 2017 should know that most likely the showers and sinks will not be on while the problem persists. The camping price will be reduced by $4 per night as a result. Flush toilets will be available during the warm seasons (see seasonal update for flush toilet availability).

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.

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

We are actively pursuing a solution. 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 until further notice.

(Updated Apr. 26, 2017)

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.

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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


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.