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Banning State Park

Treat yourself to a visit to Banning State Park, just minutes off I-35 near Sandstone. In the spring, watch daring canoeists and kayakers shoot the turbulent rapids at Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, Dragon's Tooth and Hell's Gate. In the summer, hike along the Kettle River amid dramatic sandstone rock formations with lush lichens, liverworts and mosses. Visit Wolf Creek Falls, the Log Creek Arches and Robinson's Ice Cave. Take in the historic ruins of Banning Sandstone Quarry. The park is known for camping, picnicking, cross-country skiing, beautiful trails for hiking and the study of natural history.

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

Visitor Alert

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable with the exception of the canoe-in sites.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

Visit ParkFinder or Summer Activities Guide for an overview of summer recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated May 13, 2016)

Park Notes

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

Virtual Tour:

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State Forest Campground:

Banning State Park also manages the Willow River Campground on Zalesky Lake (I-35 Exit 205) within General Andrews State Forest. Camping is available April 28 to October 30. There are 38 drive-in and two hike-in campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis, each with vault toilets and a hand pump for drinking water. A tent-only group camp is also available for up to 50 people. Group camp is $50/night and can be reserved by calling Banning State Park at 320-245-2668. The other campsites are $14/night and do not take reservations.

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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 Banning State Park.


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Park Highlights

tree Kettle River

tree Canoeing

tree Historic Sandstone Quarry

tree Wolf Creek Falls

tree Hiking

tree Kayaking


The park's office hours vary seasonally. Current hours are intermittent and variable.

Our staff have other duties that sometimes take them outside the office, so please leave a message if no one is available when you call – we will call you back.


P.O. Box 643
Sandstone, MN 55072

tel: 320-245-2668

fax: 320-245-0251

email: banning.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

The park is located is off I-35, Exit #195. Follow signs to the park.