Minneopa State Park

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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

Bison Drive Hours

The bison drive is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The bison drive is closed Wednesdays for maintenance.

Bison drive hours change seasonally. Please check here or call the park 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.

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 respect posted trail closures for your own safety.

Park Notes

Minnesota Bison Conservation:

Learn more about Minnesota Bison Conservation at the park.

Loaner Equipment:

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

One-Day Trip Itinerary:

Only have one day to spend at the park? Let us help you plan it with this itinerary.

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

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. Office hours are Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 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.