Buffalo River State Park

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Buffalo River State Park

Prairie lovers, this park is for you. Trails wind through one of Minnesota's finest and largest remnant prairies. Listen for bobolinks, prairie chickens, marbled godwits and upland sandpipers. A picnic area, swimming area and campground are located in the hardwood forest along the Buffalo River. The park is only 14 miles from the large metropolitan area of Fargo, North Dakota - Moorhead, Minnesota.

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

Visitor Alert

The Swimming pond is closed for the season.

The water will be turned off for the season in the park on Sunday, September 24th This includes flush toilets and showers. The dump station will remain open until we get frost.


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(Updated September 17, 2017)

Park Notes

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

Behind the Scenery:

Learn about habitat improvement and restoration projects within the park.
Managing tallgrass prairie
Using prescribed fire to manage and restore landscapes

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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 Buffalo River State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Swimming Beach

tree Great Picnicking

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Native Prairie Landscape


Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please leave a message if no one answers the phone. There are no regular office hours after September 5th.


565 155th Street South
Glyndon, MN 56547

tel: 218-498-2124

fax: 218-498-2583

email: buffaloriver.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From Moorhead, go 14 miles east on U. S. Highway 10 and follow the signs to the park.