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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New Ulm has seen a light snow fall; at this point ski trails have not been groomed. However, staff have seen users skiing on the trails.
In Mid-December New Ulm will start seeing the prep work for the 2018 construction project. Please visit the MnDOT website for more information.
(Updated Dec. 8, 2017)
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 2018, the reservable dates are May 31st - September 9th. The Group Center will rent for $320 plus tax per night. This rate includes 60 overnight guests; additional guests are $5 plus tax per night per guest. Make your reservation up to one year in advance by calling the park office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Flandrau State Park has two year-round electric heat camper cabins. Flandrau recently opened the Stone CCC seasonal cabin. Please contact the park with any questions or visit the Lodging: Cabins and Guesthouses page for MN State Parks.
Sand Bottom Swimming Pond
Be sure to check out the unique chlorinated, sand-bottom swimming pond. The swimming pond is closed for the 2017 season. The anticipated 2018 dates, as weather permits: the first weekend of June through the third Sunday of August. Please contact the park if you have concerns over camping reservations and swimming pond availability.
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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 at Flandrau State Park.
Office hours: Weekdays 12-4; weekends during the ski season 9a-3p. Please note that these hours may vary due to staff availability.
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.