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Buffalo River State Park

Buffalo River State Park is located in The Red River Valley region of northwestern Minnesota just 14 miles from the Moorhead, MN/Fargo, ND metropolitan area.

Buffalo River State Park

How to Get to Buffalo River State Park: Go 14 miles east of Moorhead on U. S. Highway 10 and follow the signs to the park.

Park Highlights:

  • Enjoy one of Minnesota's largest and most spectacular restored remnant prairies. The park is located within the historic glacial Lake Agassiz area.
  • Come in April to view Prairie Chickens doing their unique courtship dance. Reserve a viewing blind by calling in advance to the Nature Conservancy at (218-498-2679).
  • The man-made swimming pond is surrounded by a sandy beach and staffed by a lifeguard.

Buffalo River's Natural Attractions: This is a wildflower and birding enthusiast's paradise. The prairie booms effusively in spring and summer. The native hardwood trees along the river bottom attract many species of birds and animals.

The meadowlark, bobolink and prairie chicken all reside here. If you are lucky you might spot an upland sandpiper or a marbled godwit. Look for deer, red fox, badgers, coyotes, and many other mammals and birds.

Things to Do in Buffalo River State Park: People often come just for the swimming. The area is wheelchair accessible with paved paths to the swimming and picnic area. The Buffalo River is a great fishing spot.

Hike the Savanna Cutoff Trail through the park's variety of terrain. A hike on the Wide Sky Trail north of the river will afford the best views of birds and wildflowers. Six miles of trail are groomed in winter for cross-country skiing. A warming house is available.

Buffalo River State Park Camping

Camping in Buffalo River State Park: The campground features 44 sites, 35 with electrical hook-ups, that are located in a wooded area near the river. You will find the usual amenities including flush and vault toilets, showers and a dump station. There is also one primitive group campground.

More Attractions in This Region: Minnesota State University-Moorhead's Regional Science Center is adjacent to the park. Their interpretive center includes a natural history exhibit. The Paul Feder Observatory has a 16-inch telescope that is sometimes available to the public.

Drive into Moorhead and visit the Historical and Cultural Center of Clay County. You will see the replica Viking ship, the Hjemkomst, that was sailed on a 6,000 mile voyage from Duluth, MN to Bergen, Norway. Then visit the Hopperstad Stave Church, a full-sized replica of an ancient church in Vik, Norway.

Visit Detroit Lakes - The "412 Lakes Area."

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Maplewood State Park > Glendalough State Park


565 155th Street South
Glyndon, MN 56547
Phone: 218-498-2124
Fax: 218-498-2583

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