Programs & Services

Park Office

First Facility As You Enter the Park

Stop here for park permit and information on the park and area. Firewood and ice are available from the office as well as rental equipment. Golfers must register at park office.

Visitor Center

Fort Ridgely Historic Site

The Nicollet County Historical Society staffs the Visitor Center, located mile from the park office. Visitor Center is staffed Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.

Contact the Historic Site at (507) 426-7888 for more information. A Minnesota State Park Vehicle Permit is required.

Interpretive Exhibit

Located in Visitor Center

Dakota forces attacked the fort twice-on August 20 and August 22 of 1862. A diorama of the two battles is included with other exhibits that focus on the history of the Fort. Exhibit Admission is $3 for Adults 18-64 years of age, $2 for Seniors 65 years of age or older and for Children 6-17 years of age, Free for children under 5 years of age. Adult and school group tours available any day by special appointment. Call (507)426-7888 for price information or to make an appointment. (Different fees may apply for special events.) Minnesota State Park Vehicle Permit required.

Historic Site

Fort Ridgely

Historic site grounds are open for year-round self-guided tours. Visitor Center/History Center is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The site includes one fort building which has been restored to its original appearance, as well as the remains of the foundations of other fort buildings. Self-guiding signs identify the foundations and interpret life at the fort and the 1862 U.S.-Dakota Conflict.

Contact the Historic Site at (507) 426-7888 for more information. A Minnesota State Park Vehicle Permit is required.

Gift Shop

Park Office/Visitor Center

Gift items are available at both locations during hours of operation.

Groceries

Within 6 Miles

In the town of Fairfax.

Rentals

Golf Equipment/Inner Tubes

Rentals are available at the park office. Golf equipment for rent includes clubs and pull carts.

Firewood

At Park Office

Firewood is available from April 1 through October 20.

Ice Sales

At Park Office

Ice is available April 1 through October 20.

Restaurant

Within 6 Miles

In the town of Fairfax.

Public Phones

At Park Office

Emergency phone is located outside park office (911 or toll-free. No long distance).