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Minneopa State Park 

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Minneopa State Park is located in the Prairies region of south central Minnesota near Mankato and New Ulm.

Minneopa State Park

How to Get to Minneopa State Park: Drive west from Mankato on Highway 60 for 3.4 miles. Turn right on Highway 68 and drive north for 1.6 miles to the park entrance

Park Highlights:  

  • The Minnesota River and Minneopa Creek flow through the park. A beautiful double waterfall on the creek is the source of the park name, “water falling twice”, from the Dakota word “minneopa.”
  • The historic Seppman Windmill was built of native stone and lumber. The windmill is all that is left of the grist mill that formerly operated here.

Rare Bison Herd Released into Minneopa State Park -  September 25, 2015 News Release - Eleven genetically rare bison have been released into Minneopa State Park near Mankato as part of the newest efforts by the Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Zoo to expand the Minnesota Conservation Bison Herd. Bison were reintroduced to Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne in 1961. 

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Minneopa’s Natural Attractios: This Minnesota River floodplain is home to many songbirds, making it a delightful destination for birdwatchers. You might see red-winged blackbirds, eastern bluebirds, western meadowlarks, red-tailed hawks and, at times, eagles. Many woodland and prairie animals make this area their home. Deer are frequently spotted, as well as coyotes, beaver, and other small mammals. 

Things to Do in Minneopa State Park:  A shaded picnic area with a picnic shelter is located near the falls. A hiking trail leads to where the river and creek meet; a set of limestone steps will take you to an upstream overlook of the falls.

Hiking trails will take you through some of the remaining oak savanna in Minnesota, as well as through native prairie grasslands. You will have overlooks of the scenic Minnesota River Valley along the trails. There are 4.5 miles of hiking trails in the park; 0.2 miles of paved bike trail, and 4 miles of cross-country ski trails in winter.

At the park office you can borrow GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyballs, soccer balls, and horseshoes.

Camping in Minneopa State Park: There are 61 drive-in sites; 6 sites have electrical hookups.  The 4 walk-in group sites are for tents only. Each campsite accommodates up to 15 people. The 1, wheelchair accessible, camper cabin sleeps 5. Amenities in the campgrounds include picnic tables, fire rings, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station. 

Most family vacation destinations in Minnesota include beautiful family vacation resorts, cabins, and dozens of state parks and many other top family vacations spots.

Minneopa State Park
More Attractions in This Region: Visit New Ulm, where more than 13,000 of the town’s residents claim German heritage. The buildings and museums offer fascinating insights into area history. You can attend Bavarian Blast in July, and Oktoberfest during the first two weekends of October.

Visit Pipestone Natural Monument where Native Americans quarry for pipestone and create pipestone pipes.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota:  Flandrau State Park > Sakatah Lake State Park > Fort Ridgely State Park.  


54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001 

Phone: 507-389-5464

Email: minneopa.statepark@state.mn.us

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