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Minneopa State Park


The word Minneopa comes from the Dakota language and is interpreted to mean "water falling twice," referring to the beautiful waterfalls of the Minneopa Creek. Walk the trail which encircles the falls, leading down a limestone stairway to the valley below. Ascend the opposite side and enjoy a panoramic view of the valley which reveals the underlying geology of this area. Visit Seppmann Mill, a wind driven grist mill fashioned in German style from native stone and lumber, or hike through oak savanna and native prairie grasslands overlooking the scenic Minnesota River Valley.

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Visitor Alert

Due to a resource management muzzle loader deer hunt, the bison drive, campground and day use area located off of Hwy 68 will be closed on December 3, 4, 10 and 11. The falls area will remain open.

For more information, visit hunting in state parks.

Bison Drive Holiday Schedule

The Bison Drive will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Sunday, December 25th.

Regular Bison Drive Hours

The bison drive hours are Thursday through Tuesday, 9am to 3:30pm, except as noted above. The bison drive is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance.

Bison drive hours change seasonally. Please check this website or call the park's phone line for the latest information.

Bison Viewing Tips

  • The bison are free to roam 331 acres, so they may be difficult to spot at times. Keep a watchful eye as you drive through the range and take advantage of the Seppmann Mill overlook to help spot them.
  • Remain inside your vehicle at all times while within the bison range.
  • Bison can be dangerous animals, especially when calves are present. Always give bison clearance of at least 75 feet.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Respect the bison fence, do not climb or pull on fence wires.
  • Bison get nervous around loud noises or lots of activity, keep your voices down and movements to a minimum to help keep the bison within easy viewing.
  • Hiking is not allowed inside the range, but there are hiking trails all the way around the outside of the range.

One-Day Trip Itinerary

Need some ideas visiting the park? Here's tips for a One-Day Trip Itinerary.

Waterfall Loop Trail

A section of trail that completes the circle trail around the iconic Minneopa State Park waterfall is closed due to a severe erosion issue. Access to the base of the falls is still possible using a one-way trail route. Please be respectful of posted trail closures for your own safety.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated Oct. 28, 2016)

Park Notes

Minnesota Bison Conservation:

Learn more about Minnesota Bison Conservation at the park.

Seasonal Camping Update:

Camping is available year-round. Water is available at the park office. The campground sanitation building, water spigots, and trailer dump station are now open for the season.

Loaner Equipment:

Available at the park office: GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyball, soccer ball and horseshoes.

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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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 Minneopa State Park.

Birders:

Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Minneopa State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Minneopa State Park is open year round 8am-10pm. Park office hours vary. Friday through Sunday 10am to 3pm is the best time for the park office to be staffed. If park staff is not available to answer the phone, please leave a message. Self registration is located outside the park office on County Road 69/Gadwall Road, on the Falls side of the park and on the campground side of the park off of Hwy 68.

Contact

54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001

tel: 507-389-5464

email: minneopa.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169.