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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

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State Park · Nature / Park
Minneopa State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It was established in 1905 to preserve Minneopa Falls, a large waterfall for southern Minnesota, and was expanded in the 1960s to include the lower reaches of Minneopa Creek and a large tract of prairie. Minneopa is Minnesota's third oldest state park, after Itasca and Interstate. Two park resources are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1862 Seppman Mill and a district of seven Rustic Style structures built by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s. The park is located almost entirely on the south side of the Minnesota River, 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Mankato. In 2015 the state reintroduced American bison to the park in a 330-acre (130 ha) fenced enclosure, through which visitors can drive in their vehicles.
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  • We were pleasantly surprised by the herd of bison, you can see them right up close on the trail, quite a thrill! We rented 4 campsites together. While it's not quite as enjoyable as renting the...  more »
  • We were out of town on our Anniversary weekend and we decided to check out Minneopa State Park...This is a lovely park has a nice picnic area with nice bathrooms, Waterfalls however due to lack of...  more »
  • Beautiful park..... Bison trail is a must, even if you don't see bison. The wildflowers are changing colors as of today, so you will see a fine variety. The falls, due to the rain are running hard, making them even more spectacular. Definitely recommend a day trip, at 7.00 for the day pass, worth every penny!
  • Stayed in Red Fox Campground B Loop B2E. Awesome spot for our 27 ft Travel Trailer. Each camp spot seems private surrounded by trees to separate the next spot. Bathrooms are vault toilets but very clean with showers. The falls are beautiful and the picnic area is very nice and clean.

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