Minneopa State Park

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Minneopa State Park


The word Minneopa comes from the Dakota language and is interpreted to mean "water falling twice," referring to the beautiful waterfalls of the Minneopa Creek. Walk the trail which encircles the falls, leading down a limestone stairway to the valley below. Ascend the opposite side and enjoy a panoramic view of the valley which reveals the underlying geology of this area. Visit Seppmann Mill, a wind driven grist mill fashioned in German style from native stone and lumber, or hike through oak savanna and native prairie grasslands overlooking the scenic Minnesota River Valley.

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Visitor Alert!

Introducing bison

The DNR is proposing to reintroduce bison to the state park and provide opportunities for the public to view and learn about bison. Review the Minneopa State Park Management Plan Amendment website for more details.

Park office

Minneopa State Park office and camper check-in is located on Co Rd 69/Gadwall Road.

Last updated March 31, 2014

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Seasonal Camping Update:

Camping is available year-round with electricity. Water is available at the park office. The campground sanitation building, water spigots, and trailer dump station are turned off for the season.

Loaner Equipment:

Available at the park office: GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyball, soccer ball and horseshoes.

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

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 Minneopa State Park.

Birders:

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

Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Minneopa State Park is open year round 8am-10pm. Office hours vary. If park staff is not available please leave a message. Self registration is located outside the park office.

Contact

54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001

tel: 507-389-5464

email: minneopa.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169.