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Flandrau State Park, New Ulm

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Flandrau State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, on the Cottonwood River adjacent to the city of New Ulm. Initially called Cottonwood River State Park, it was renamed in 1945 to honor Charles Eugene Flandrau, a leading citizen of early Minnesota who commanded defenses during the Battles of New Ulm in the Dakota War of 1862. The park was originally developed in the 1930s as a job creation project to provide a recreational reservoir. However the dam was repeatedly damaged by floods and was removed in 1995.
Along with the dam, crews from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) built several structures in the National Park Service rustic style. In a unique twist on the mandate to harmonize with the local environment, the buildings were designed to reflect the ethnic German heritage of New Ulm. The WPA barracks were reused during World War II as Camp New Ulm, housing German prisoners of war. All of these structures are listed as a district on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • We've camped here many, many times, but this time went for a day trip to enjoy some winter activities. What a treat to arrive and see the trails newly groomed for cross country skiing! We were...  more »
  • A friend and I visited here on a Sunday afternoon. Once we arrived, I noticed a lot of tables near the parking area to picnic. It was 80 and humid, with no breeze. I heard that New Ulm had several...  more »
  • Great place to bring your kids to enjoy nature or bring to go swimming in the man made lake. Plenty of area to host a birthday party or family reunion. Has public restroom that are very clean. You can either host your party outside or they have a great indoor party area with full kitchen. Man made lake is very well maintained and has lifegaurds on duty.
  • Good shade on hot days, not overly buggy, great outdoor pond like pool for kids and adults... Camping sites are pretty close together so you hear a lot of the people around you but they have walk-in sites set farther back that offer more privacy. Nicely kept park!

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