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Sakatah Lake State Park

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail runs through Sakatah Lake State Park and stretches 39 miles from Mankato to Faribault. The paved trail offers hikers, bikers, skiers, and snowmobilers beautiful scenery through Minnesota's hardwoods. Sakatah Lake, a natural widening of the Cannon River, lures canoeists to paddle the calm waters, and anglers to catch walleye, large mouth and white bass, northern pike, and panfish. Whatever the season, visitors enjoy camping and picnicking.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert

2016 Reservation changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

Visit ParkFinder or Summer Activities Guide for an overview of summer recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated May 1, 2016)

Park Notes

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

Things to see and do at the park:

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

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862:

2012 marked 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Sakatah Lake State Park was an important location during this time. Find out how to learn more.

Year-Round Facilities:

The park is open year-round and is beautiful to explore in any season. Modern restroom facilities close during the winter months, but vault toilets are available year-round. Electricity is available for $8 per night.

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail:

The paved Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is a popular feature at the park. The trail is primarily used for biking, hiking and in-line skating. Horeseback riding is permitted; however, areas for riding next to the pavement are limited. The primary winter trail use on the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is snowmobiling.

Seasonal Lake Conditions:

Sakatah Lake's optimal conditions are found in spring and early summer, and again in the fall. Because the lake is shallow, it tends to develop significant algae growth and odor in midsummer, which may make fishing or boating less enjoyable depending on the wind direction and weather. Please note: the park does not have a designated swimming beach.

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 Sakatah Lake State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Maple and Basswood Forests

tree Hiking

tree Biking - Access to Sakatah State Trail

tree Camping

tree Wildlife


Best time to contact the park:

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Thursday: variable depending on staff availability.

If no one is available when you call, please leave a message.

Self-registration is located at the park office.


50499 Sakatah Lake State Park Road
Waterville, MN 56096

tel: 507-362-4438

email: sakatahlake.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Park entrance is located on State Highway 60, 14 miles west of Faribault, or one mile east of State Highways 13 and 60 in Waterville.