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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Deer Hunt at Flandrau State Park
The portion of Flandrau State Park that is within the New Ulm city limits will be open for archery hunting October 19 through December 31. This hunt is administered by the city of New Ulm. 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 2013 hunting season.
Last updated September 17, 2013
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
U.S.-Dakota War of 1862:
2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. New Ulm was an important location during this time. Find out how to learn more.
Group Center Reservations Available:
There are still weekdays available for rent in the Cottonwood Group Center for the summer of 2013. The Group Center has eight bunkhouses and sleeps up to 110 people. It also has a modern kitchen/dining area complete with walk-in cooler; a large six burner stove; and modern shower facilities. In 2014 the Group Center will rent for $343.60 a night for 60 people (over 60 add $5.73 per person). Make your reservation by calling the park office Monday through Friday from 8-4.
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 early summer to Labor Day.
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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 at Flandrau State Park.