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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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Visitor Alert

Storm damaged areas

Storm damage repairs are underway, but several areas in the park are affected.

  • Power has been restored.
  • Some trails partially open. Anderson Road Trail and Lake Shumway Trail open. Continental Divide Trail, Wolf Lake Trail, Jacobson Trail and part of Portage Trail closed. Loon Lake Trail should be open by August 5th, 2016.
  • Loon Lake Road is open.
  • Campground is open.
  • Beach is open.
  • Garni Guesthouse and Group Camp are open.
  • Back country campsites D, G and K are open, Condi is closed indefinitely.
  • Hay Lake Campground in Savanna State Forest is open.

Crews continue to clear trees from roads, trails and use areas, but there is access to most park facilities.

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 July 22, 2016)

Park Notes

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

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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Savanna Portage State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Hiking Trails

tree Swimming Beach

tree Fishing

tree Continental Divide

tree Snowmobiling

tree Historic Areas in 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

tel: 218-426-3271

fax: 218-426-4437

email: savannaportage.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Take Highway 65 north to Aitkin County Road 14, then follow 14 for 11 miles to the park.