Flandrau State Park
The gentle flowing Big Cottonwood River meanders through this southern park. The sand-bottom swimming pond, picnic area, campgrounds and group center attract many visitors every summer to this very popular state park. The terrain is diverse, offering views of wooded river bottoms, oxbow marshes and open grasslands. Hikers and cross-country skiers enjoy the flat trails on the bottom of the valley or more challenging routes on the oak-shaded bluffs. Visit historic stone buildings crafted by Works Progress Administration(WPA)crews. Vegetative features include goat prairies, small white lady's slippers, and the floodplain forest.
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Stone picnic shelter renovation
Renovation of the stone picnic shelter located in the non-electric campground continues through fall. Since construction noises may be loud (depending on the phase of the renovation) campers in the non-electric campground can transfer to a different campground depending on campsite availability. Please contact Flandrau State Park (507-233-9800) for more information.
(Updated July 25, 2014)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Group Center Reservations Available:
There are still weekdays available for rent in the Cottonwood Group Center for the summer of 2014. The Group Center has eight bunkhouses and sleeps up to 105 people. It also has a modern kitchen/dining area complete with walk-in cooler; a large six burner stove; and modern shower facilities. In 2014 the Group Center will rent for $343.60 a night for 60 people (over 60 add $5.37 per person). Make your reservation by calling the park office Monday through Friday from 8-4.
Flandrau State Park has two year-round camper cabins.
Sand Bottom Swimming Pool:
Be sure to check out the unique chlorinated, sand-bottom swimming pool. The Pool is open seasonally early summer to Labor Day.
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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 Flandrau State Park.
Bird Checklist at Flandrau State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Year-round: Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
If no one is available, please leave a message.
1300 Summit Avenue
New Ulm, MN 56073
In New Ulm, follow Broadway (State Highway 15) to 10th Street South. Proceed west on 10th Street South up the hill to Summit Avenue. Then turn left heading south and proceed three blocks to the park entrance which will be on the right (west) side of Summit Avenue. Park entrance is right next to the New Ulm Country Club.