Fort Ridgely State Park

In the area

From Explore MN Tourism

Recreation Facilities


Picnic Area

2 Picnic Areas

This site includes a shelter and playground equipment, sandbox, horseshoes, and amphitheater.

Picnic Shelter

Open Shelter and Enclosed Shelter

Located in the upper picnic area, this shelter was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and includes a fireplace, electricity, picnic tables, and running water. Flush toilets and wheelchair accessible vault toilets are available. It can accommodate up to 60 people and is handicapped accessible. Please reserve by calling the park.


In Picnic Area

Playground equipment includes swings and a sandbox.


Adjacent to Picnic Area

Pick up equipment at park office.


Historic Amphitheater

The historic amphitheater was built in 1927 and features a stone stage and backdrop, electricity and bench seating for 150. It is located near the upper picnic shelter and the two facilities are rented out together. The stage and benches are shaded by large oak trees. Parking, flush toilets and drinking water are located a short walk away. The amphitheater is available to rent for weddings, concerts, religious services, speaking events or theatrical productions. Call the park to reserve: 507-426-7840.


Sliding Hill

3 sliding areas

Three areas are available for sliding, using plastic sleds or inner tubes. Runner sleds and toboggans are not allowed.

Water Facilities

Water Source


Boat Access

Within 10 miles of the park.