Fort Snelling State Park

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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.

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Visitor Alert

Minnehaha Trail Work

There will be a survey crew doing work on the Minnehaha Trail until November 4, weather permitting. Please use caution while moving through the area.

Nature Store Inventory

The Visitor Center will be closed October 24- 28 while park staff conduct an inventory on Nature Store merchandise. Bathrooms will be available at the Visitor Center and firewood and park permits will be available at the Park Office.

We're Getting Ready for Winter

  • Bathrooms are now closed for the season at Snelling Lake.
  • The bathroom near the boat landing on Picnic Island is also closed for the season. The rest of the bathrooms on Picnic Island will be closing after the weekend.
  • Canoe and kayak rental is now closed for the season. Check back for updates on snowshoe rental!
  • Satellites are available at Shelter A, the fishing pier, and the Visitor Center.

Resource Management Projects

Park staff have been removing selected emerald ash borer infested trees at the beach. Please be mindful of heavy equipment while we wrap up this project. Thank you for your assistance.

Road construction update

The Hwy 5 bridge is now back open! They are still doing a few finishing projects with intermittent lane closures on the westbound lanes. As of today, it appears the pedestrian walkway had not opened up yet. For the most up to date information about the project, use the MN DOT's Hwy 5 road construction website.

(Updated October 25, 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

Things to do and see at the park:

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

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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


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.