Fort Snelling State Park

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Fort Snelling State Park


Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, this park offers extensive hiking, bike and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Canoe on Gun Club Lake, play golf, swim in Snelling Lake, or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Interpretive exhibits and films on display in the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center give visitors a good background on the history and resources of the park and area. Trails also allow visitors to hike up to the historic Fort Snelling for a view of military life in the 1820s. This is a day-use only park; no camping is available.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.


Visitor Alert!

Trail closures on Snelling Lake trail

Between October 7 and October 24, the trail on the west side of Snelling Lake will be closed intermittently due to DOT construction activity on Highway 5. Trails will be clearly marked when work is being done. Thank you for your patience.


Canoe rental is closed for the season

Due to cooling water temperatures canoe rental is no longer available this season. The beach restrooms are also closed for the season.


Interpretive programs are once again on the calendar!

Check out the many great things we have lined up.


(Updated October 13, 2014)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862:

2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Fort Snelling State Park was an important location during this time. Find out how to learn more.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

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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 Fort Snelling State Park.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Fort Snelling State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Fishing

tree Hiking

tree Dakota Memorial

tree Interpretive Exhibits

tree Bike Trails/Connections

tree Cross-Country Skiing


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Park is open year-round, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

If no one is available when you call, please leave a message.

Self-registration is located on the north side of the office, for your convenience, when the office is not open.

Contact

101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

tel: 612-279-3550 or Visitor Center: 612-725-2724

fax: 612-725-2391

email: fortsnelling.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Fort Snelling State Park is located on Post Road off State Highway 5, just west of the main terminal exit for the International Airport.