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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

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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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  • I spent several hours at this park on a Saturday in January. The parking lot and path to the waterfalls was solid ice due to a recent thawing. Many people slipped. The waterfalls were partially...  more »
  • Had a nice walk on the hiking trail but did not see any buffaloes. Previous time I was at the park the herd was near the fence and was exciting to see. Sky turned cloudy and shortly thereafter it...  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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