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 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

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. 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.

Picnic Island Boat Launch

The ice has melted but the river is running very high at the moment. No dock is in at this time. Please check back for updates.

Trail Conditions

Trails are starting to dry out. You may still encounter wet spots in certain areas.

Snowshoe Rental

Snowshoe rental has ended for the season.

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.

(Updated February 28, 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

Things to do and see at the park:

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

Gift cards:

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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.