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Flandrau State Park

The gentle flowing Big Cottonwood River meanders through this southern park. The sand-bottom swimming pond, picnic area, campgrounds and group center attract many visitors every summer to this very popular state park. The terrain is diverse, offering views of wooded river bottoms, oxbow marshes and open grasslands. Hikers and cross-country skiers enjoy the flat trails on the bottom of the valley or more challenging routes on the oak-shaded bluffs. Visit historic stone buildings crafted by Works Progress Administration(WPA)crews. Vegetative features include goat prairies, small white lady's slippers, and the floodplain forest.

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Visitor Alert!

Seasonal closures

The swimming pond is closed for the season. Water is off at the beach house and campground.

Archery hunt from October to December.

The portion of Flandrau State Park that is within the New Ulm city limits will be open for archery hunting October 17 through December 31. This hunt is administered by the city of New Ulm. Hunters must have a permit for the New Ulm special permit archery hunt to hunt in the park and comply with all rules of the hunt.

The park will remain open to the public during the hunt. There is no archery or other hunting anywhere else in the park.

For more information: state parks during fall hunting season.

(Updated Nov. 24, 2015)

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

Group Center Reservations Available:

The Group Center has eight bunkhouses and sleeps up to 105 people. It also has a modern kitchen/dining area complete with walk-in cooler; a large six burner stove; and modern shower facilities. In 2016, the reservable dates are June 3 - September 11. The Group Center will rent for $343.60 a night for 60 people (over 60 add $5.37 per person). Make your reservation up to one year in advance by calling the park office Monday through Friday from 8-4.

Camper Cabins:

Flandrau State Park has two year-round camper cabins.

Sand Bottom Swimming Pool:

Be sure to check out the unique chlorinated, sand-bottom swimming pool. The pool is open seasonally from Memorial weekend to mid-August.

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 Flandrau State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Shaded Campsites

tree Sand-bottom Swimming Pool

tree Enclosed Picnic Shelter

tree Scenic Overlooks

tree Hiking/Cross-Country Skiing

tree Modern Group Center


Best time to contact the park:

Year-round: Daily, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

If no one is available, please leave a message.


1300 Summit Avenue
New Ulm, MN 56073

tel: 507-233-9800

email: flandrau.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

In New Ulm, follow Broadway (State Highway 15) to 10th Street South. Proceed west on 10th Street South up the hill to Summit Avenue. Then turn left heading south and proceed three blocks to the park entrance which will be on the right (west) side of Summit Avenue. Park entrance is right next to the New Ulm Country Club.