News release: Fort Snelling State Park temporarily closed again due to flooding

May 17, 2023

Fort Snelling State Park temporarily closed again to the public at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17 because water from the rising Minnesota River is expected to flood the main park road and all the parking lots.

The park will remain closed until flood waters recede and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff are able to assess conditions and address any immediate flood-related repairs, debris removal and safety issues.

“We are disappointed to close Fort Snelling State Park for the second time this spring but must do so out of concern for visitor and staff safety,” said Ann Pierce, director of the DNR Parks and Trails Division.

Fort Snelling State Park just reopened May 15 after being closed due to flooding on April 21, when both the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers were flooded due to snow melt.

For more information, contact the DNR Information Center by emailing [email protected] or by calling 888-646-6367 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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