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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

The Beach is Closed!

Fort Snelling State Park's beach is closed for swimming. Hennepin County Environmental Health will be back to resample the beach Monday August 29. Please check back here for further updates.

Hwy 5 Bridge Closed this Weekend

Beginning 10 p.m. Fri, Aug. 26 through 5 a.m. Mon, Aug. 29, Hwy 5 between Hwy 55 and Davern St. will be closed. Traffic will be detoured around the closure to Hwy 55, Hwy 110 and I-35E. Please follow posted detour signs. The closure is needed to paint the main bridge and finish work on the Edgcumbe Rd and Shepard Rd bridges.

The River is on the Rise

Park staff are making daily adjustments to the docks on the river. Currently there are no trail implications. Please check back here for further updates as conditions change.

Road construction update

If you cross the MN Hwy 5 bridge when you come to the park, reconstruction of the Hwy 5 bridge deck, will lead to ramp and lane closures from April through Nov. 2016. For the most up to date information about the project, use the MN DOT's Hwy 5 road construction website.

(Updated August 25, 2016)

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

Things to do and see at the park:

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


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

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.