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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.

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Visitor Alert!

Fort Snelling State Park is now open!

The park office, beach area, and Thomas Savage Visitor Center are all open for public use. The trail around Snelling Lake is open to hiking and biking, and the Snelling Lake fishing pier and boat access is open. The trail to the historic fort and the Minnehaha trail are open to hike and bike. Canoe and kayak rentals are available on a first come first served basis from 8 am to 6 pm daily.

Picnic Island and Pike Island remain closed due to heavy silt deposits from flooding. Both river public access landings are closed due to heavy silt deposits as well. We are continuing to work on these areas as they dry out.

Interpretive programs are once again on the calendar! Check out the many great things we have lined up.

Starting August 1, 2014: I Can Fish! Fishing Fridays will now be a program that requires pre-registration. Due to limited fishing equipment and an increase in participants, we must limit our sign-up sheet to the first 30 individuals to pre-register. **Please call 612-725-2724 to register.

(Updated July 22, 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!
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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.