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. This park is a favorite among cross-country skiers too, with 14 miles of trails, and an additional 6.4 miles available at Remote Solitude, 1 mile south of the park.
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We experienced high winds on 07/22/14. Park roads are open and most of the trails are now open for walking but there is still some debri on and along the trails. We will continue to clean up these areas as time allows. Stay tuned for updates! We are doing some road work on the Hay Lake Forest Campground Road. Please use caution, as gravel had been put on the road and is a little rough. We will smooth it out asap.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Lodging Available Year-round:
See Garni Guesthouse details.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
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 - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fall, Winter, Spring: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 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.