Great River Bluffs State Park

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Great River Bluffs State Park

This is beautiful bluff country! The park contains two Scientific and Natural Areas (SNAs), King's and Queen's Bluff. The King's Bluff trail offers a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River Valley. Bring your binoculars; the river valley is a major flyway for waterfowl, eagles, and hawks.

Explore the diversity in this park: oak-hickory and maple-basswood forests, pine plantations, fields, and goat prairies offer visitors excellent hiking and a diversity of wildlife. Look for ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, coyotes, and many species of songbirds.

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

Visitor Alert

The campground is open. The shower building is open, but there is no hot water at this time due to equipment failure. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance by calling 1-866-857-2757. If you come to the park without a reservation, you must register by calling 1-888-990-4322 BEFORE setting up in a campsite.

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to 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 Great River Bluffs State Park.

Campers needing firewood when staff is not available may purchase bundles by self pay at the Welcome Center.


Check out the bird checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for Great River Bluffs State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Scenic Blufftop Views of Mississippi River Valley

tree Fall Colors

tree Goat Prairies

tree  Rare Prairie Plants/Flowers

tree Camping/Hiking/Picnicking

tree Birdwatching


Please call 507-643-6849 to schedule an office visit.


43605 Kipp Drive
Winona, MN 55987

tel: 507-643-6849


Getting There

Approximately 20 miles southeast of Winona at the junction of U.S. Highway 61 and Interstate 90. Park entrance is accessed off of County Road 3. Coming from the west or southeast via I90, take exit 267 and follow park signs. Coming from Winona, south on Hwy 61 (just past mile marker 15), take a right on County Road 3 for 4 miles to the park entrance.