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

The River is on the Rise

Park staff pulled both docks on the Minnesota River. They will remain out until the river levels go down. Trails do have some wet spots on them at this time. There is some water on the trails on Pike Island that are passable via social trails around them. Please check back here for further updates.

Upcoming Resource Management Projects

Park staff will start the process of removing selected emerald ash borer infested trees at the end of the month. The beach area will have staff working down there Sept. 27 and 28 and we ask that you give us plenty of room to work while we tackle 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 September 30, 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.