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.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
* Pike Island update: Trails are open to hiking, but are wet and muddy. Some patches of ice remain in shady spots.
* Access to the Minnesota River at Picnic Island and Cedar Ave (off of Nichols Road, under the Cedar Ave bridge) are both open and accessible. The docks, however, will be put in at a later date after the high water of spring subsides. Park staff will evaluate water levels weekly and we will report on this website when the docks are installed.
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.
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 at Fort Snelling State Park.
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
Fort Snelling State Park is located on Post Road off State Highway 5, just west of the main terminal exit for the International Airport.