Sakatah Lake State Park 

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Sakatah Lake State Park is located in the Prairies region of southeastern Minnesota near Mankato and Faribault.

Sakatah Lake State Park

How to Get to Sakatah Lake State Park:  Drive west from Faribault for 14 miles on Highway 60 to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • Sakatah, in the Dakota language, translates to “Singing Hills.” The hills, lake, and densely forested campground area provide a surprising wilderness experience in Southern Minnesota.
  • Saktah Lake is a widening of the Cannon River. The river was formerly part of a major water route through the area and many Indian villages and trading posts were located along the river. 
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Sakatah Lake State Park’s Natural Attractions “Big Woods” forest, wetlands, and lakes offer a home to many wildlife species. You might observe deer, raccoon, mink, rabbits and coyotes and well as many types of songbirds, owls, hawks, and woodpeckers.

Things to Do in Sakatah Lake State Park: Enjoy the picnic area along the shore of Sakatah Lake. A playground is available.  The lake is shallow however a fishing pier and the calm waters reward anglers with walleye, bass, northern pike and panfish. Several canoes are available for rent at the park office.

There are 5 miles of hiking trails within the park. The paved Sakatah Singing Hills State bike trail winds for 3 miles through the park and stretches from Faribault to Mankato. This 39 mile long trail has been built on what was formerly a railroad bed. Horseback riding is allowed in many parts of the park.

In winter, 5 miles of trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and 3 miles are groomed for snowmobiling. Snowshoeing is permitted in the park except on groomed trails.

Seasonal interpretive programs are available at the Visitor Center.  

Camping in Sakatah Lake State Park: There are 62 campsites for tents and RVs; 14 sites have electrical hookups. In addition there are 5 bike-in sites and 2 group camps that each accommodates up to 50 people.  One camper cabin that sleeps up to 5 people can be reserved by calling the park office. Picnic tables, fire rings, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station are provided. 

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Sakatah Lake State Park
More Attractions in This Region: In Faribault, visit the Alexander Faribault House, one of Minnesota’s oldest surviving buildings. The Faribault Woolen Mills is a popular stop to tour the nation’s only remaining wool to product manufacturer.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota:  Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Rice Lake State Park 

Contact

50499 Sakatah Lake State Park Road
Waterville, MN 56096

Phone: 507-362-4438

Email: sakatahlake.statepark@state.mn.us



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