Sakatah Lake State Park





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820 acres


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  Area and County
    County   Le Sueur and Rice Counties
    Region   Southwest and Southeast Minnesota


50499 Sakatah Lake State Park Road
Waterville, MN 56096

N44 13.135, W93 31.917



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



Daily park permit: $7

Annual park permit: $35



campground (PDF)

all season (PDF)

all season (GeoPDF)




Mountain biking

Horseback riding




Rock climbing and bouldering





Nature photography


Cross country skiing


Winter hiking





Wheelchair accessible

0.25 mile


5 miles

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, a 39-mile paved multiple-use trail, runs through the park.

Paved bike

3 miles

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail, a 39-mile paved multiple-use trail, runs through the park.

Cross country skiing

No groomed ski trails


3 miles


Anywhere in park


Hunting and Fishing

No hunting. The park may hold one or more managed hunts in the fall.

In most cases, Minnesota residents do not need a permit to fish in Minnesota State Parks.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Big Woods
Oak Savanna

Land Type Association    

Cordova Moraine

Iosco Moraine


Native Plant Communities*


Dry Hill Prairie (Southern)

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak (Maple) Woodland

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

Natural Features







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Park entrance

  Sakatah Lake
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Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail   Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail

Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail




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Sakatah Lake State Park
Richard Sanders

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Published on Oct 29, 2013

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Chris Kratzke


Published on Feb 13, 2014

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Hiking Through Sakatah Lake State Park in Minnesota - S1:E15
The Escape Shroom Perspective


Jan 26, 2021

Join us as we hike and explore Sakatah Lake State Park in Minnesota. It was a smaller park, but there was still plenty to do and see on a warm October day! We took a trail that led us through the campgrounds and stayed mainly close to the lake. Enjoy this video of our adventure at Sakatah Lake State Park!

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Sakatah Lake State Park!
MN Prairie Gal


Oct 19, 2020

Join me for a hike through the historic Big Woods forest of southern Minnesota.

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S2:E1 SAKATAH LAKE STATE PARK, Minnesota (04.27.2019) Old Dad Revival
Old Dad Revival


Sep 7, 2019

In April of 2019 we (Old Dad Revival) filmed our season two, episode one opener at Sakatah Lake State Park in Minnesota. It was early in the season and it snowed throughout Saturday, so we experienced a touch of winter camping. While there we took a bike tour of the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail. We hope your find our Minnesota travel and travel vlog a useful guide for your family as well as entertaining.

PERFECT Fall Colors while Hiking at Sakatah Lake State Park
Check It Out! with Tom Young


Premiered Mar 4, 2021

Being a video of a day hiking trip I made on a windy day in the middle of October during the peak fall color season at Sakatah Lake State Park in Minnesota. The yellow fall colors were incredible! This was a relaxing day and I'm sure you will find this a very relaxing video too. The authentic sounds of the wind blowing thru the trees and the crunching of footsteps on the fallen leaves will have you wishing you were there. And now thru the magic of YouTube you can be!

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John Kratzke


Published on Apr 28, 2012

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John Kratzke


Published on Apr 28, 2012

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showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis) Sightings





boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

  northern leopard frog


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


Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

eBird Field Checklist – Le Sueur Co

eBird Field Checklist – The Narrows, Sakatah Lake / Lower Sakatah Lake

eBird Field Checklist – Rice Co.

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)


American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose

Double-crested Cormorant



Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List


Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot

Insects and Arachnids

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)

eastern comma (Polygonia comma)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

plum finger gall mite (Eriophyes emarginatae)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)


eastern comma

eastern tent caterpillar


American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer


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


largebract ticktrefoil (Desmodium cuspidatum var. longifolium)

Special Concern

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

late hawthorn (Crataegus calpodendron)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Hill Prairie (Southern) UPs13d

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

Southern Dry-Mesic Oak (Maple) Woodland FDs37



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Amur maple (Acer ginnala)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)


Acer ginnala (Amur maple)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum (sugar maple)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trillium cernuum (nodding trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)


American basswood

black cherry


bur oak



common blue violet

common false Solomon’s seal

downy yellow violet

eastern false rue anemone

gray dogwood

large-flowered bellwort

nodding trillium

northern pin oak

northern prickly ash

red baneberry

red elderberry

sharp-lobed hepatica

Virginia waterleaf

white rattlesnake root

wild geranium

Canadian wild ginger

woodland strawberry







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