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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

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.

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 will be on after April 29, 2016.

Campers who stay in the main camgpround 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.

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.

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.

(Updated May 13, 2016)

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 what happened to the lake and more details about the lake and dam project proposals.

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.