Fort Snelling State Park

               
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Area and County

Dakota, Hennepin, and Ramsey Counties

 

 


Size

3,711 acres statutory, 2,654 owned

 
 
Maps

Minnesota DNR Summer Map

 
Park Office

N44 52.414, W93 11.493

 
Hiking Trails

18 miles

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Anoka Sand Plain
St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Mississippi Sand Plain

Pig’s Eye Alluvial Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

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


Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        
 
Links

Minnesota DNR


Comments

This is the most visited state park in Minnesota.


Visits

3/5/2000

1/29/2014

   

 

 

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Kirk Nelson


The Minnehaha Trail goes from the south end of Minnehaha Park to the visitors’ center in Fort Snelling State Park

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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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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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  Fort Snelling Oak Woodland
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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Plants

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

 

Canada moonseed


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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)

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


 

     
 

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Birds

Sixteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species 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)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Carduelis 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


Insects and Arachnids

bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)

blue-fronted dancer (Argia apicalis)

bald-faced hornet Nest

Mammals

American beaver (Castor canadensis)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American beaver

Plants

Four plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:

 

Threatened

edible valerian (Valeriana edulis var. ciliata)

sterile sedge (Carex sterilis)

 

Special concern

cutleaf waterparsnip (Berula erecta)

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

 

Watch list

stiff cowbane (Oxypolis rigidior)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas 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


 

 

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