Fort Snelling State Park

 

 

     
 
About
 
 

Ownership

 
 

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Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

Maps

 
 

Summer Map

Winter Biking map

Winter Map

 
         
 

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Size

 
 

3,711 acres statutory, 2,654 owned

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111

N44 52.414, W93 11.493

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35

 
         
 

Driving Directions

  Area and County  
 

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          Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey Counties  
          Metro Area  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

18 miles

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Anoka Sand Plain

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines

   
  Land Type Association    

Mississippi Sand Plain

Pig’s Eye Alluvial Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Bulrush Marsh (Northern)

Calcareous Fen (Southeastern)

Lowland Aspen Forest

Mesic Oak Savanna (Southern)

Red Oak - White Oak Forest

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular Park

Fort Snelling State Park is the most visited state park in Minnesota.

           
 
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Floods markers - one next to the Mississippi River, and one on Pike Island. From top to bottom: 1965, 1952, 2001, 1880

 
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Minnesota River floodplain, just off the trail near Gun Club Lake

 
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Run-off from Gun Club Lake that flows into the Minnesota River

 
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Trail along the Minnesota River, south of Mendota Bridge to Gun Club Lake

 
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Axel Von Bergen Trail, September 2015

 
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Trails on Pike Island

 
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Visitor Center

 
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Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers

 
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Mendota Bridge over Picnic Island

 
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Turkeys and Deer at Fort Snelling State Park

 
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Beaver-gnawed Tree on Picnic Island

 
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Park Entrance

 
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Picnic Island

 
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The Point on Picnic Island

 
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Minnesota River

 
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Recent Beaver Activity

 
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Slideshows
 
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Pictures taken from various walks at Fort Snelling State Park on the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in Minneapols.

 
  Hiking Club: Fort Snelling State Park, April 2012
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15 APR 2012; Park #7, 3.0 miles

 
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Restoration Evaluation
 
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Fort Snelling State Park, MN

 

 

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Other Videos
 
  North High Students Explore Fort Snelling State Park with Wilderness Inquiry & UWCA
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Published on Nov 14, 2013

Students from North High School in Minneapolis, MN had the opportunity to explore Fort Snelling State park as part of the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA) program. They learned how to fish and canoe, and also learned about water quality testing, voyageur culture and history, and more with this innovative programming. This excellent footage was produced by iDream.tv and Minneapolis Public Schools.

   
  Fort Snelling State Park Hike
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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2006

I hiked the undulating trails of the Fort Snelling State Park today with my ubiquitous camera and the trusty Garmin eTrex. Hey, I'm back home, isn't that a miracle?

   
  Fort Snelling State Park ride
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Uploaded on Dec 3, 2009

Right in the middle of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area is a state park at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The song is "Girl shaped love drug" by Southport's own Gomez.

   

 

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Birds

 
 

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

  Great Blue Heron  
         
 

Fungi

 
 

Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Crown-tipped Coral (Artomyces pyxidatus)

Elm Oyster (Hypsizygus ulmarius)

Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor)

White Jelly Fungus (Ductifera pululahuana)

  Chicken of the Woods  
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

blue-fronted dancer (Argia apicalis)

bronzed tiger beetle (Cicindela repanda)

widow skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

  widow skimmer  
         
 

Mammals

 
  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  
         
 

Plants

 
 

blue vervain (Verbena hastata var. scabra)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

European cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus var. opulus)

great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

tall bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

 

blue vervain (var. scabra)

white snakeroot

 
         
 

Reptiles

 
  common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)   common snapping turtle  
 

Christa Rittberg

 
 

Mammals

 
  northern river otter (Lontra canadensis)   northern river otter  
 

Chris Kurtz

 
 

Plants

 
  Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)   Canada moonseed  
           
 
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Visits

3/5/2000

  1/29/2014            
 
 

Amphibians

 
 

One amphibian species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         
 

Birds

 
 

Sixteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Casperson Landing & trails)

eBird Field Checklist (Gun Club Lake)

eBird Field Checklist (Picnic Island)

eBird Field Checklist (Pike Island)

eBird Field Checklist (Snelling Lake)

eBird Field Checklist (Visitors' Center)

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

 

American Goldfinch

Northern Cardinal

Wild Turkey

 
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

One insect and arachnid species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

Iowa skipper (Atrytone arogos iowa)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)

blue-fronted dancer (Argia apicalis)

  bald-faced hornet Nest  
 

Mammals

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List

 
 

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  American beaver  
 

Plants

 
 

Eight plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

Threatened

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

kitten-tails (Veronica bullii)

one-flowered broomrape (Orobanche uniflora)

sterile sedge (Carex sterilis)

whorled nut-rush (Scleria verticillata)

Special Concern

cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)

few-flowered spikerush (Eleocharis quinqueflora)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Bulrush Marsh (Northern) MRn93a

Calcareous Fen (Southeastern) OPp93c

Lowland Aspen Forest WFs55a

Mesic Oak Savanna (Southern) UPs24a

Red Oak - White Oak Forest MHs37a

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest MHs37b

Silver Maple - (Virginia Creeper) Floodplain Forest FFs68a

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs39a

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

     
   

common burdock

garlic mustard

marsh marigold

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

Four reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Threatened

timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta)

Special Concern

smooth softshell turtle (Apalone mutica)

western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         

 

 

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