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, snowshoe, and ski trails that link to an extensive regional trail system. Canoe, fish, or swim on Snelling Lake or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers meet. Interpretive exhibits at the Thomas C Savage Visitor Center provide a good introduction to the history and resources of the park area.

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 conditions

Pike Island and the Minnehaha trail were groomed and track was set again on February 12. The trails are in fair condition but there are icy spots.

Park trails are in fair condition. Trails on top of asphalt are thin in spots and there are ice intersections throughout the park.

Snowshoes are now available

Snowshoes are available to rent at the park's main office. The cost is $6 per pair for a 4-hour rental. There are no rentals after 2 PM and all snowshoes must be returned to the park office by 3:30 PM.

Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling is closed for the season. For information on 2018 events, visit their website.

Open House at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel have been cancelled until further notice. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Trail Closure on East Side

Park staff have closed a portion of the trail on the east side of the Minnesota River, near the Gun Club Lake portage. Park visitors can still access the trail, however they will not be able to walk the full length of the trail. Please check back for further updates.

Looking for the 2010 River Trash Sculpture?

Sorry, but 'Nature's Engineer: The Beaver' is temporarily in storage while resource management work is being done in the park this season. You can still visit other sculptures located around the area!

(February 13, 2018)

Park Notes

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

Free Loaner Equipment

GPS units, birding kits, and fishing poles are available for free during your visit to the park. Check out fishing poles out from the park office and the GPS units and bird kits are available at the Visitor Center.

Things to do and see at the park

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!

Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel is a non-denominational facility available for weddings and funerals.

Gift Cards

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

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 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


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.


101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

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

fax: 612-725-2391


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.