Blue Mounds State Park

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Blue Mounds State Park

Blue Mounds State Park is full of natural surprises. Start with the Sioux quartzite cliff, rising 100 feet from the plains. A bison herd grazes on the prairie. Prickly pear cactus blooms in June and July. A sea of prairie grasses and flowers sway in the wind. The park is also a favorite for birdwatchers who want to see nesting blue grosbeaks and other birds. Enjoy camping and hiking.

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

Visitor Alert!

Water alert

Blue Mounds State Park received a drinking water test result that tested positive for bacteria. At this time, drinking water is not available in the park office and main campground. The park is chlorinating the water, and showers and toilets are on.

We will be providing gallon jugs of drinking water and recommend that you fill your RV freshwater tanks in Luverne or Pipestone before arriving at the park. Click on this link to view a map showing the locations of these fill stations:

Locations to fill your tanks before arriving at the park.

Youth hunt

There will be a deer hunt in Blue Mounds State Park on November 21 through November 22. The park will be open only to participating youth hunters and their mentors from sunset on November 20 through 8 am on  November 23. Only hunters and mentors will be allowed to camp in the park.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

(Updated Oct. 8, 2015)

Park Notes

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

Lower Mound Lake:

Curious where the lake went, and what's happening with it now? Find out.

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

 Take a front row seat at the 2012 Blue Mounds State Park bison roundup!

Bison roundup video

Take three minutes to enjoy a front row seat at a bison roundup, and learn about what makes our herd unique. Click the image at right to launch the video.

Gift Cards:

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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 Blue Mounds State Park.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Blue Mounds State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Hiking

tree Rock Climbing

tree Wildlife

tree Buffalo Herd

tree Prairie Wildflowers / Grasses


Best time to contact the park:

Spring/Summer: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Fall/Winter: Weekends, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


1410 161st Street
Luverne, MN 56156

tel: 507-283-6050

fax: 507-283-1306


Getting There

From the town of Luverne, go north 4 miles on Minnesota Hwy. 75. Turn east on County Road 20 and go 1 mile to park entrance.