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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8/19/17 - Staff have cleared a majority of the trails after high winds.
Pack a picnic lunch and stay awhile. Take a dip or relax near the sand bottom swimming pond. The Beach House (rentable enclosed shelter) contains a great room and an adjacent patio with a large grill along with numerous tables. A playground and sand bottom swimming pond are adjacent to the building. The swimming pond is closed for the year.
The Call of the Wildflowers geocache has been placed for the summer months.
New Ulm will be experiencing a round of construction through September 2017. For details and detours please visit: City of New Ulm Construction Updates
Updated: July 13, 2017
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 2018, the reservable dates are May 31st - September 9th. The Group Center will rent for $320 plus tax per night. This rate includes 60 overnight guests; additional guests are $5 plus tax per night per guest. Make your reservation up to one year in advance by calling the park office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Flandrau State Park has two year-round electric heat camper cabins.
Sand Bottom Swimming Pond:
Be sure to check out the unique chlorinated, sand-bottom swimming pond. The swimming pond is closed for the 2017 season. The anticipated 2018 dates, as weather permits: the first weekend of June through the third Sunday of August. Please contact the park if you have concerns over camping reservations and swimming pond availability.
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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.
Office hours: Mid-August through MEA weekend: Sun - Thurs 12-4 and Fri/Sat 12-8. Starting October 23rd the office hours will be 12-4 daily. Please note that these hours may vary due to staff availability.
1300 Summit Avenue
New Ulm, MN 56073
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.