Savanna Portage State Park

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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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

We are not grooming ski trails in the park or at Remote Solitude Day Use Area, but you may snowshoe, ski, walk or fat bike anywhere in the park except on trails groomed for snowmobiling. Groomed trails can be found at Jay Cooke State Park.

The camper cabin is now available Thursday-Sunday in winter, and daily from April 1 through October. (Existing reservations will be honored.)

The Guesthouse is available daily, and the park is open for winter backpack camping.

Visit ParkFinder and the Winter Activities Guide for an overview of winter recreation opportunities available statewide.

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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 - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 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


Getting There

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