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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The city of New Ulm is having an archery deer hunt Sept. 13-Dec. 31. Some of the deer stands are located within Flandrau State Park, but nowhere near trails or public use areas. The park will therefore remain open to all visitors during this time. There is no archery or other hunting anywhere else in the park.
(Updated September 12, 2014)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Group Center Reservations Available:
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 2015 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 mid August.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
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.