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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert

Snelling Lake Beach Is Open

Open House at the Chapel has been suspended until further notice

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 July 5, 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:

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.