Minneopa State Park

Mankato, Minnesota

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The name of the park comes from the Dakota and means “water falling twice.” That’s a good description of the waterfalls on Minneopa Creek, which can be accessed via the 4.5 miles of hiking trails, which also take hikers to the point where the creek converges with the Minnesota River. It’s worth a visit in winter too, as the falls can freeze solid in dramatic form. The falls are part of a historic area within the park that includes WPA buildings, historic railings and bridge, and a windmill located near the campground. The windmill is also along a scenic overlook that gives visitors a view of extensive prairies. This is a lovely park with an oak savanna and bountiful wildflowers in the spring and summer, and there’s a prairie restoration project underway as well. Fishing and boating on the river are favorite activities here. The campsites are well spaced, and there’s enough tree cover to provide shade and plenty of privacy. Pets are allowed.
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by Amy Rea (Falcon Guides)

The name of the park comes from the Dakota and means “water falling twice.” That’s a good description of the waterfalls on Minneopa Creek, which can be accessed via the 4.5 miles of hiking trails, which also take hikers to the point where the creek converges with the Minnesota River. It’s worth a visit in winter too, as the falls can freeze solid in dramatic form. The falls are part of a historic area within the park that includes WPA buildings, historic railings and bridge, and a windmill located near the campground.

The windmill is also along a scenic overlook that gives visitors a view of extensive prairies. This is a lovely park with an oak savanna and bountiful wildflowers in the spring and summer, and there’s a prairie restoration project underway as well. Fishing and boating on the river are favorite activities here. The campsites are well spaced, and there’s enough tree cover to provide shade and plenty of privacy. Pets are allowed.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Mankato
Campsites: 66
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boat Launch, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Cross Country Skiing, Biking
Features: Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: (507) 389-5464; www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/minneopa/index.html
Fees per Night: $10-$20+
Facilities: Picnic tables, fire rings, hiking and biking trails, boat ramp, cross-country ski trails, naturalist programs, historic site, flush toilets, wheelchair-accessible toilets, dump station (seasonal).
Driving Directions: Directions to Minneopa State Park

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