Buffalo River State Park

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Buffalo River State Park

Prairie lovers, this park is for you. Trails wind through one of Minnesota's finest and largest remnant prairies. Listen for bobolinks, prairie chickens, marbled godwits and upland sandpipers. A picnic area, swimming area and campground are located in the hardwood forest along the Buffalo River. The park is only 14 miles from the large metropolitan area of Fargo, North Dakota - Moorhead, Minnesota.

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

Visitor Alert

2018 Swimming pond season

The Swimming pond will be open from May 26th, 2018 to August 19th, 2018.

Seasonal update

The campground is closed for the season. Water is turned off, which includes flush toilets and showers. Vault toilets are available in the picnic area. The campground will re-open for rustic camping on Friday, March 30th

September 4th, 2018 to May 23rd, 2019 -No Flush Bathrooms/Showers in Campground

Buffalo River State Park's campground bathroom building is being replaced in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019. No camping reservations during this time will have access to flush bathrooms or showers in the campground. Those camping on weekdays will potentially hear construction sounds coming from the bathroom area. Outhouses will be available for bathroom amenities. The dump station will still be available as well during this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we replace our aging campground bathroom building for the long-term betterment of the park.

(Updated Jan. 30, 2018)

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

Behind the Scenery

Learn about habitat improvement and restoration projects within the park.
Managing tallgrass prairie
Using prescribed fire to manage and restore landscapes

Gift Cards

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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 Buffalo River State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Swimming Beach

tree Great Picnicking

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Native Prairie Landscape


Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please leave a message if no one answers the phone. There are no regular office hours after September 5th.


565 155th Street South
Glyndon, MN 56547

tel: 218-498-2124

fax: 218-498-2583

email: buffaloriver.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From Moorhead, go 14 miles east on U. S. Highway 10 and follow the signs to the park.