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Flandrau State Park

Flandrau State Park is located in the Cottonwood River Valley and Prairie region of Minnesota near New Ulm.

Flandrau state park

How to Get to Flandrau State Park: From New Ulm, drive south on Summit Avenue for 3 blocks. The park entrance will be on your right, next to the New Ulm Country Club.

Park Highlights:

  • The park is situated next to, and partly within, the city of New Ulm. The town with has larger percentage of German population than any other town in the U.S.
  • Early Native American settlement here is evident from artifacts, buffalo bones and petroglyphs discovered in the area. Fur traders and explorers were also early residents of the Cottonwood River valley.
  • The sand-bottom swimming pool is a favorite feature of this park
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Flandrau’s Natural Attractions: The park is surrounded by wooded bluffs and the Cottonwood River flows through it. Thick forest, marshy wetlands, sandy riverbanks and grassy fields can all be experienced. White-tailed deer may be seen as well as many types of water birds and song birds.

Things to Do in Flandrau State Park: Eight miles of hiking trails will take you through the forested Old Island Loop and the River Loop. Climb the steep wooden steps up the bluff, and then hike down into the valley. Don’t miss the half-mile round trip hike to the overlooks on Indian Point Trail. Enjoy boating and fishing on the river. There is carry-in boat access. Swim in the sand-bottomed pool and picnic in the large picnic shelter.

This is a popular cross-country skiing area. Six miles of trail are groomed in winter. Skis and snowshoes are available to rent at the park office. A sliding hill and skating rink with warming house are also available for winter fun.

Flandrau State Park Camping

Camping in Flandrau State Park: There are three campgrounds along the north side of the river. One campground has electric hookups, one does not, and the third is a rustic campground. In all there are 92 campsites. Picnic tables, fire rings, playground, toilets, showers and a dump station are provided. 

A group center has a bunkhouse that can accommodate up to 110 people and includes a dining hall with full kitchen. Two year-round, semi-rustic, camper cabins are also available. Call the park for details about these accommodations.

More Attractions in This Region: Visit Explore New Ulm, settled by German immigrants in the 1850’s. An enormous statue of Hermann The German sits on a hill above the town. Tour the Schell Brewery which is the largest brewery in Minnesota; its building are on the National Register of Historic Places. Festivals in New Ulm include Fasching just before Lent, Bavarian Blast in July and Oktoberfest the first two weekends in October.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Upper Sioux Agency State Park > Fort Ridgely State Park > Minneopa State Park 

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New Ulm, MN 56073
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