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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

Beach is Closed

Fort Snelling State Park's beach is closed for swimming. Hennepin County Environmental Health will resample the beach Wednesday morning. Please check back for updates as they become available.

July 30 Canoe and Kayak Rental

On Saturday July 30 canoes and kayaks will not be available to rent due to scheduled programming. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.

The River is on the Rise!

Park staff pulled the docks out at Picnic Island and at Caspersen due to high water and fast moving current. There is some standing water in selected areas of trails on Pike Island. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates. Thank you for your patience!

(Updated July 27, 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.

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.