Seasonal Update

Water: Water systems are functional year-round at the park office and picnic area and available seasonally in campground areas from mid-April through mid-October.

Drinking Water: See above.

Bathroom Facilities: Flush toilets are available year-round at the picnic shelter, park office and whenever the Mystery Cave Visitor Center is open. Flush toilets are available in the campground from mid-April through mid-October. Vault toilets are available in the campground year-round.

Showers: The campground showers are available seasonally from mid-April through mid-October.

Dump Station: Is available seasonally from May through September.

 

Campgrounds: Rustic non-electric campsites are available when the shower building is closed.

Semi-modern camping with showers is available from mid-April through mid-October.

The group camp is available from April through October.

The horse camp is available from May 1 and will close October 31st. In 2014 the HRA and trails will be open two extra days on Sat., November 1, and Sun., November 2.

Electric Sites: Are available in the main camp from mid-April through mid-October.

In the horse camp, they are available from May 1 through October 31st.

Special Notes for RV Campers: Regular electric campsites have 30 amp service. Horse electric campsites have 50 amp service.

Reservations: Reservations are recommended for weekend arrivals during the spring, summer, and fall months for main camp electric and horse electric sites, as well as group camp sites.

 

Contact Notes: Best time to contact the park:

Mystery Cave Office Hours: Variable by season, call 507-937-3251

Main Park Office Hours: 507-352-5111

Summer: Sunday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Winter: Generally, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hours limited due to staffing.

Office hours may vary. Please call ahead or leave a message.

 

Trail Notes: Horse / hiking trails are surfaced with crushed limestone. Shod horses are strongly recommended. Horse trails open May through October. In 2014 the HRA and trails will be open two extra days on Sat., November 1, and Sun., November 2. Hiking is available year round. Ski / snowmobile trails open when adequate snow is present.

Season Rentals: Snowshoes are available for rental when the office is open..

Naturalist Programs and Park Tours:

Traditional campfire programs and naturalist-led walks and field trips are offered from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Mystery Cave tours are available every day from Memorial Weekend through September 1, and on Saturdays and Sundays in spring and fall beginning in mid-April through October. Additional Mystery Cave tours will be offered in the fall of 2014. For specific tour dates and times, follow this link.

Tours of Historic Forestville, by the Minnesota Historical Society, are available on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. In 2014 an expanded schedule in September and October adds tours on Saturdays only, from 10 am to 4 pm.