Fort Snelling State Park

In the area

From Explore MN Tourism

Recreation Facilities


Picnic Area

Beach/Picnic Island

Both locations are suitable for large gatherings and events. Areas include picnic tables and pedestal grills. Two picnic shelters are located on Picnic Island. Picnic Island has a road access for vehicles. Wheelchair accessible.

Picnic Shelter

Open shelter and enclosed shelter

2 shelters are located on Picnic Island, both have electricity. The enclosed shelter has a fire pit and pedestal grill. Shelters can be reserved by calling (612) 279-3555. Both are wheelchair accessible. Shelter A rents for $200/day and Shelter B rents for $150/day. Call 612-279-3555 to reserve a picnic shelter.


Beach and Picnic Island

Both locations have slides, swings, and climbing apparatus.


In beach area

Rent equipment at park office.


Warming House

Visitor Center

Visitor Center has a fireplace and flush toilets.

Water Facilities

Water Source

Lakes and rivers.


River and lake.

Fishing Pier

Wheelchair accessible

Located on Snelling Lake.

Swimming Beach

Within the park

Handicapped accessible. Located on Snelling Lake

Boat Access

Drive-in and carry-in

On lakes and Minnesota River.

Boating Restrictions

Electric motor only, on Snelling Lake