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Fort Snelling State Park

Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, this park offers extensive hiking, bike and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Canoe on Gun Club Lake, play golf, swim in Snelling Lake, or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Interpretive exhibits and films on display in the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center give visitors a good background on the history and resources of the park and area. Trails also allow visitors to hike up to the historic Fort Snelling for a view of military life in the 1820s. This is a day-use only park; no camping is available.

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

Visitor Alert!

Free Admission to All Minnesota State Parks on Black Friday!

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Friday, November 27 to be "Free Park Friday" at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Click here for more information and a list of ways you can spend time with your family outside!

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

  • The park is open on Thursday and Friday! After your feast bring your family to stretch your legs.
  • The park office will be CLOSED on Thursday, please use the self-registration station on the north side of the office.

Docks Pulled for the Season

Maintenance staff took the opportunity this weekend in the nice weather to pull the docks for the season. All landings can still be used, however come prepared for no dock to tie off on.

Winter Trail Conditions

Park staff will begin packing trails once we've received 6" of snow throughout the park.

Snowshoe Rental

We will begin renting snowshoes during business hours when we have received 6" of snow.

(Updated November 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

Things to do and see at the park:

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!

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 Snelling State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Fishing

tree Hiking

tree Dakota Memorial

tree Interpretive Exhibits

tree Bike Trails/Connections

tree Cross-Country Skiing


Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Park is open year-round, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

If no one is available when you call, please leave a message.

Self-registration is located on the north side of the office, for your convenience, when the office is not open.


101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

tel: 612-279-3550 or Visitor Center: 612-725-2724

fax: 612-725-2391

email: fortsnelling.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Fort Snelling State Park is located on Post Road off State Highway 5, just west of the main terminal exit for the International Airport.