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.


Beach and Picnic Island

Both locations have slides, swings, and climbing apparatus.


In beach area

Rent equipment at park office.

Golf Course

Located on upper bluff area

This 9-hole course is operated by Minneapolis Park Board. For information, call 612-726-6222.


Polo Grounds

The polo grounds are large open areas suitable for a variety of recreational activities. For information, call 612-726-6222


Warming House

Visitor Center

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