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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.

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Visitor Alert!

State Park Deer Hunt

There will be a deer hunt in Great River Bluffs State Park on October 25 through October 26. Portions of the park will be open during the hunt and portions closed.

Open hunting areas will be for youth hunters only. Closed portions of the park will be available for normal park use such as hiking. There will be no camping available to anyone.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

Last updated September 16, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.


The campground is open. All sites are reservable. Sites not reserved are available first come, first served for one night only. Check with park staff if you wish to stay longer.


Fall/Winter 2013 issueThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. - find out what's new around 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


Monday - Thursday 9am - 3pm. Friday 9am - 9pm Sat/Sun 9am - 5pm. Office may be closed while staff works in the park. To make an office appointment, call 507-643-6849.


43605 Kipp Drive
Winona, MN 55987

tel: 507-643-6849

email: greatriverbluffs.statepark@state.mn.us

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.