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 swimming.

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Visitor Alert!

Come visit!

Blue Mounds State Park is now open again after summer flooding.

Flush toilets are open, but showers, sinks, and drinking water is not currently available due to E. coli in the well. Visitors should bring their own water. More info about current conditions in the park.

Road Construction on US Hwy 75

US Hwy 75 will be closed just North of the park entrance beginning on Sept 8th and will remain closed for several weeks. The proposed detour can be used, but will take visitors a good deal out of their way.

Visitors approaching the park from the North: Travel South on Hwy 75 from Pipestone. Turn East (left) on Rock County Road 7. Drive through the town of Hardwick and then turn South (right) on 140th ave (gravel road). Traveling 4 miles South on 140th will bring you directly to the entrance of the park.

The road closure will not effect visitors who are approaching the park from Luverne and other points South. If you are traveling on Interstate 90 you will see signs directing you to the HWY 75 North detour. Please ignore them as the detour will route you away from the park.

State Park Deer Hunt

There will be a deer hunt in Blue Mounds State Park on November 22 through November 23. The park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors from sunset on November 21 through 8 am on November 24. No camping will be available during the hunt period.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 17, 2014

Park Notes

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

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.