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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 season for 2016 will be from May 27th to August 21st.

Winter Services

We will not be grooming ski trails at Buffalo River State Park, but you may ski, snowshoe, or hike anywhere in the park. You can find groomed ski trails at Maplewood State Park.

Visit ParkFinder and the Winter Activities Guide for an overview of winter recreation opportunities available statewide.

The campground is closed for the winter season. The dump station is closed and the water has been turned off for the season.

(Updated January 15, 2016)

Park Notes

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

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

Park Interpretive Programs:

Come and join us with your family and friends for a variety of interpretive programs. Find a great program here!

Behind the Scenery:

What's going on Behind the Scenery at Buffalo River State Park? Click here to find out.

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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:

Winter: Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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.