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Fort Ridgely State Park


Tour Historic Fort Ridgely and wander through the ruins of this once thriving outpost. Learn about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, a major event in Minnesota's early history. Visit the museum and the cemetery to learn more. For recreation, this park offers plenty. In the summer, hike or ride the trails on horseback, fish the stocked pond or trout stream, camp (drive-in and walk-in sites are available), or stay overnight in the renovated farmhouse. In the winter, ski, snowmobile, or stay overnight at the chalet.

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


Visitor Alert

Provide input on park master plan

In 2016, the DNR decided to close the golf course located within Fort Ridgely State Park. Over the past several months, DNR worked with a Citizens Advisory Committee and stakeholder groups to explore opportunities for the park. The DNR considered input and proposals received during the planning process and developed a draft management plan amendment to guide future development and investments in this beautiful and historically significant state resource into the future.

You can provide input at an open house meeting on Dec. 15th or by completing an online questionnaire. Go to the project planning page to learn more and review the draft master plan amendment.

Camping and Lodging Update:

All campgrounds in the park are closed for the season. Campgrounds will reopen on April 1, 2017.

Lodging is available on weekends at the chalet throughout the winter. Reservations are required -- contact the park directly to make a reservation.

Trail Update:

Trails are covered in snow and ice. Travel is not recommended.

The low water crossing just north of the main campground is closed due to a deep channel that has developed in the middle of the creek. Horses may temporarily use the campground foot bridge in order to cross the creek.

The new bridge north of the horse campground is now open. One section of trail north of the bridge is closed due to a culvert wash-out.

Amphitheater Update:

Due to safety concerns, the amphitheater stage is closed. No access is allowed. We are working on repairs and anticipate the amphitheater will reopen in 2017.

2016 Reservations changes:

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated Dec 1, 2016)

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

Fort Ridgely Historic Site:

The historic site grounds are open for self-guided tours each day, and the museum is open Friday through Sunday from Memorial Day to MEA weekend. A Minnesota state park vehicle permit is required. Learn more.

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 Fort Ridgely State Park.

Birders:

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

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Historic Site

tree Horseback Riding

tree Scenic Rolling Hills

tree Forests and Prairies


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Mid-May through MEA weekend: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Winter: Regular office hours are not kept during the winter. Please call or email the park and leave a message.

Contact

72158 County Road 30
Fairfax, MN 55332

tel: 507-426-7840

fax: 507-426-7112

email: fortridgely.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Off State Highway 4, 6 miles south of Fairfax or 12 miles north of Sleepy Eye, then follow the signs to the park.