Savanna Portage State Park
Time slips by when you visit this park of the north. Walk the Savanna Portage Trail, a historic trail traveled by fur traders, Dakota and Ojibwe Indians, and explorers more than 200 years ago. Savanna Portage State Park has 15,818 acres of rolling hills, lakes, and bogs. The Continental Divide marks the great division of water: water to the west flows into the Mississippi River; water to the east runs into Lake Superior. Visitors can hike the Continental Divide Trail and see forested vistas. During the summer, visitors enjoy swimming at Loon Lake. Bike enthusiasts can pedal on roads, or on dirt trails designated for mountain bikes. With four fishing lakes and a river, its common for anglers to catch panfish, trout and bass. Come winter, this park offers snowmobilers approximately 32 miles of trails to explore.
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Storm damaged areas
Storm damage repairs are underway, but several areas in the park are affected. Please use caution on park roads as a salvage logging operation has now begun. Road out to Savanna Lake and Wolf Lake limited to vehicles only, no foot traffic or bicycles allowed as trucks are hauling. Expect some periodic road closures. Boat rental is also limited to folks with reservations.
Crews continue to clear trees from roads, trails and use areas, but there is access to most park facilities.
October and December deer hunts
The park will have a special youth permit deer hunt during October 29 - 30, 2016. A special permit muzzleloader hunt will be held December 3 - 4. For more information, visit hunting in state parks.
2016 Reservations changes
(Updated Sept. 19, 2016)
Lodging Available Year-round:
See Garni Guesthouse details.
State Forest Campgrounds:
Savanna Portage State Park also manages the Hay Lake Campground and Day-Use Area inside the Savanna State Forest. For information on these units, please contact the Savanna Portage State Park office at (218) 426-3271.
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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 Savanna Portage State Park.
Bird Checklist Savanna Portage State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Summer: Sunday - Monday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fall, Winter, Spring: Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
55626 Lake Place
McGregor, MN 55760
Take Highway 65 north to Aitkin County Road 14, then follow 14 for 11 miles to the park.