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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Prairie restoration underway at Minneopa State Park
A restoration of prairie and oak savanna habitat is taking place at Minneopa State Park. Part of the parks historic river valley view will be reestablished when trees are removed below the Valley Overlook. This will give visitors a better view of the prairie and bison, which will be reintroduced next year. The majority of park trails will remain open during the project, but a portion of the trail leading to the Seppmann Mill will be closed to hikers and skiers for part of the winter. Harvest activities will be visible from the mill road, and there will be increased traffic from semis and heavy equipment. Parking along this road is not allowed.
Minneopa State Park is a "Checkpoint MN" location
We're thrilled to be one of the twelve stops on Explore Minnesota Tourism's statewide winter scavenger hunt! Now through March 5, you can win prizes by finding checkpoints and sharing your photos. Learn more.
Last updated December 18, 2014
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Bison will be reintroduced to park over the coming years. Learn more.
Seasonal Camping Update:
Camping is available year-round with electricity. Water is available at the park office. The campground sanitation building, water spigots, and trailer dump station are now closed for the season.
Available at the park office: GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyball, soccer ball and horseshoes.
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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.
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Best time to contact the park:
Minneopa State Park is open year round 8am-10pm. Office hours vary. If park staff is not available 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.
54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001
5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169.