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

Pike Island trail open

The Pike Island trail is open but extremely muddy and slippery in areas. Please use caution! The boat docks on Picnic Island and Cedar Avenue will remain out of the water until further notice.

Historic Fort Snelling

Combine your visit to the park with a visit to Historic Fort Snelling! The fort is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society and is open to the public on Saturdays through the end of October. Visit their website for additional information about hours, fees, and programs.

Open House at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel

Beginning in November, the open house will be held on the first and third Sunday of each month from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.

Weekend and Holiday Bus Service

MetroTransit's trip planner external link will help you take public transit the park! Passengers will be able to ride the bus to Historic Fort Snelling, and walk about .5 mile to the park's north end, by the park visitor center. Bus stop to park map. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

The schedule for the route 7 bus map This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. is effective March 4, 2017.

Canoe and Kayak Rental

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the park office. They are available on a first come - first served basis when the office is open.

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!

(Updated Oct. 20, 2017)

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.

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


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.