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This contains list of 76 state parks of Minnesota.

Minnesota's state parks are spread across the state in such a way that there is a state park within 50 miles (80 km) of every Minnesotan. The most recent park created is Lake Vermilion State Park, created in 2010. Currently the Parks range in size from Franz Jevne State Park with 118 acres (48 ha) to Saint Croix State Park with 34,037 acres (13,774 ha). Two parks include resources listed as National Natural Landmarks (Big Bog State Recreation Area and Itasca State Park) and six parks encompass National Historic Landmarks (Charles A. Lindbergh, Fort Snelling, Mille Lacs Kathio, St. Croix, Soudan Underground Mine, and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks). 52 sites or districts across 34 Minnesota state parks are on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), including 22 parks with developments constructed by New Deal-era job creation programs in the 1930s.
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SNo,Park name,County or counties,Area in acres (ha),Date estab-,Body of water,Coordinates,Remarks,,,,lished,,,1,Afton State Park,Washington,"1,600 acres (650ha)",1969,St. Croix River,4451?45?N 9247?01?W? / ?44.8624675N 92.7835367W,Lies on a glacial moraine with deep ravines that drop 300 feet (91m) down to the St. Croix River.2,Banning State Park,Pine,"5,597 acres (2,265ha)",1963,Kettle River,4610?15?N 9250?39?W? / ?46.1707812N 92.8440889W,Contains 1.5 miles (2.4km) of whitewater rapids and the remains of a historic quarry operation.3,Bear Head Lake State Park,St. Louis,"3,013 acres (1,219ha)",1961,Bear Head Lake,4747?47?N 9204?37?W? / ?47.7963051N 92.0768231W,Provides road access and modern camping facilities in an environment similar to the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.4,Beaver Creek Valley State Park,Houston,715 acres (289ha),1937,East Beaver Creek,4338?34?N 9134?55?W? / ?43.6427458N 91.5818101W,Showcases the rugged topography of the Driftless Area in a narrow valley carved by a trout stream.5,Big Bog State Recreation Area,Beltrami,"9,170 acres (3,710ha)",2000,"Red Lake, Tamarac River",4810?22?N 9430?43?W? / ?48.172761N 94.512033W,Encompasses part of the largest peatland in the Lower 48 states (a National Natural Landmark) and a prime walleye fishery.6,Big Stone Lake State Park,Big Stone,980 acres (400ha),1961,Big Stone Lake,4522?57?N 9630?47?W? / ?45.3824644N 96.5131148W,"Protects two sections of shoreline on Big Stone Lake, the source of the Minnesota River."7,Blue Mounds State Park,Rock,"1,567 acres (634ha)",1937,Mound Creek,4342?25?N 9611?13?W? / ?43.7069134N 96.1869728W,Protects an escarpment of Sioux Quartzite and Minnesota's only public bison herd. A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.8,Buffalo River State Park,Clay,"1,068 acres (432ha)",1937,Buffalo River,4651?56?N 9628?04?W? / ?46.8655165N 96.4678474W,Preserves part of one of the state's largest and best tallgrass prairies. A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.9,Camden State Park,Lyon,"1,855 acres (751ha)",1935,Redwood River,4421?45?N 9555?30?W? / ?44.362462N 95.9250247W,Preserves a forested river valley in the midst of prairie and farm country. A district of VCC and WPA structures is on the NRHP.10,Carley State Park,Wabasha,209 acres (85ha),1949,Whitewater River,4407?00?N 9210?34?W? / ?44.1166318N 92.1760002W,Donated by State Senator James A. Carley to protect a stand of white pines. Used as an overflow campground for nearby Whitewater State Park.11,Cascade River State Park,Cook,"2,867 acres (1,160ha)",1957,Lake Superior and Cascade River,4742?35?N 9031?20?W? / ?47.7097222N 90.5222222W,Stretches along 10.5 miles (16.9km) of Lake Superior coastline in land rehabilitated after construction of Minnesota State Highway 61. A WPA highway wayside is on the NRHP.12,Charles A. Lindbergh State Park,Morrison,417 acres (169ha),1931,Mississippi River,4557?32?N 9423?43?W? / ?45.9588545N 94.3952813W,"Contains the restored home of Congressman Charles August Lindbergh and his son Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator. The house is a National Historic Landmark, and a district of WPA structures is on the NRHP."13,Crow Wing State Park,"Crow Wing, Cass, and Morrison","2,335 acres (945ha)",1959,Mississippi and Crow Wing Rivers,4616?20?N 9420?00?W? / ?46.2722222N 94.3333333W,"Interprets the site of Old Crow Wing, an important town and trading center in the mid-19th century. The town site and a section of the Red River Trails are both on the NRHP."14,Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area,Crow Wing,"6,850 acres (2,770ha)",1993,"Chain of small lakes and streams, filled pit mines",4629?22?N 9358?39?W? / ?46.489550N 93.977500W,"In development as the land is rehabilitated from open-pit iron mining. Includes Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake, the state's deepest lake."15,Father Hennepin State Park,Mille Lacs,275 acres (111ha),1941,Mille Lacs Lake,4608?41?N 9329?17?W? / ?46.1446779N 93.4880157W,Provides lakeside recreation in the region visited by Father Louis Hennepin during a French expedition in 1680.16,Flandrau State Park,Brown,840 acres (340ha),1937,Cottonwood River,4417?18?N 9428?25?W? / ?44.2882956N 94.4735837W,Created to provide water recreation near New Ulm. Entire park is a district of CCC and WPA structures on the NRHP.17,Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park,Fillmore,"3,163 acres (1,280ha)",1963,South Branch Root River and tributaries,4337?32?N 9214?51?W? / ?43.6255204N 92.247388W,"Encompasses the historic townsite of Forestville, the state's longest explored cave, and three blue-ribbon trout streams."18,Fort Ridgely State Park,Nicollet and Renville,537 acres (217ha),1911,Fort Ridgely Creek,4427?09?N 9443?51?W? / ?44.4524621N 94.7308199W,"Surrounds Fort Ridgely, site of the Battle of Fort Ridgely during the Dakota War of 1862. The fort and a large district of CCC structures are both on the NRHP."19,Fort Snelling State Park,"Ramsey, Hennepin, and Dakota","1,825 acres (739ha)",1961,Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers,4453?09?N 9310?41?W? / ?44.8857988N 93.1779985W,"Contains historic Fort Snelling, built in 1819, and floodplain forest in the heart of Minneapolis  Saint Paul. The fort is a National Historic Landmark and the entire park is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area."20,Franz Jevne State Park,Koochiching,118 acres (48ha),1967,Rainy River,4838?32?N 9404?49?W? / ?48.642240N 94.080410W,"Features scenic property on the Canada  United States border, donated by the sons of Franz Jevne, a lawyer, on the condition that the park be named after their father."21,Frontenac State Park,Goodhue,"2,226 acres (901ha)",1957,Lake Pepin on Mississippi River,4430?27?N 9219?35?W? / ?44.5074677N 92.3262914W,Attracts 260 species of year-round and migrant birds with its variety of habitats. Includes a natural arch atop a 430ft (130m) bluff.22,Garden Island State Recreation Area,Lake of the Woods,715 acres (289ha),1998,Lake of the Woods,4910?31?N 9450?05?W? / ?49.175335N 94.834671W,"Comprises a nearly undeveloped island, 15mi (24km) from the closest mainland marinas, that once bore Native American gardens."23,George H. Crosby Manitou State Park,Lake,"6,200 acres (2,500ha)",1955,Manitou River,4730?22?N 9106?33?W? / ?47.506018N 91.109045W,Contains undeveloped North Woods wilderness geared towards backpackers.24,Glacial Lakes State Park,Pope,"1,857 acres (752ha)",1963,Several kettle lakes,4532?15?N 9531?19?W? / ?45.537461N 95.521983W,Preserves rolling tallgrass prairie amidst the glacial landforms of the Leaf Hills Moraines.25,Glendalough State Park,Otter Tail,"1,924 acres (779ha)",1991,Six kettle lakes,4620?00?N 9540?00?W? / ?46.3333333N 95.6666667W,"Developed from the former private retreat and game farm of the owners of the Star Tribune newspaper, with a heritage fishery of large game fish."26,Gooseberry Falls State Park,Lake,"1,741 acres (705ha)",1937,"Lake Superior, Gooseberry River",4708?49?N 9127?48?W? / ?47.1468715N 91.4632289W,"Serves as the gateway to the scenic North Shore. Features five waterfalls, an agate beach, and a large district of CCC structures on the NRHP."27,Grand Portage State Park,Cook,278 acres (113ha),1989,Pigeon River,4800?37?N 8936?43?W? / ?48.0101633N 89.6120317W,"Features a 120-foot (37m) waterfall, Minnesota's tallest, on the Canada  United States border. Co-managed with the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, the only state  tribal collaboration of a U.S. state park."28,Great River Bluffs State Park,Winona,"2,122 acres (859ha)",1971,Mississippi River,4356?47?N 9123?58?W? / ?43.9463526N 91.3993094W,Features 500-foot-high (150m) bluffs and steep goat prairies. Formerly named O.L. Kipp State Park.29,Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area,Meeker,"1,230 acres (500ha)",2004,Greenleaf and Sioux Lakes,4500?57?N 9428?00?W? / ?45.01591N 94.46671W,In development and open for limited day-use recreation.30,Hayes Lake State Park,Roseau,"2,118 acres (857ha)",1967,"Hayes Lake, North Fork Roseau River",4837?24?N 9530?28?W? / ?48.623309N 95.507753W,Provides fishing and swimming opportunities in an exclusively recreational reservoir free of agricultural runoff or water level fluctuations for irrigation or power generation.31,Hill-Annex Mine State Park,Itasca,634 acres (257ha),1988,Filled pit mine,4719?39?N 9316?39?W? / ?47.327490N 93.277520W,Offers tours of a former open-pit iron mine and fossil collecting. A district of mine structures is on the NRHP.32,Interstate State Park,Chisago,288 acres (117ha),1895,St. Croix River,4523?42?N 9240?11?W? / ?45.3949622N 92.6696521W,Created in conjunction with a state park in Wisconsin to protect a basalt gorge and glacial potholes. Two districts of CCC and WPA structures are on the NRHP.33,Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area,St. Louis,"1,864 acres (754ha)",2002,Lake Ore-be-gone,4728?57?N 9226?37?W? / ?47.48247N 92.44349W,Provides 36 miles (58km) of trails for off highway vehicles.34,Itasca State Park,"Hubbard, Clearwater, and Becker","30,553 acres (12,364ha)",1891,Lake Itasca,4711?51?N 9512?07?W? / ?47.1974579N 95.2019642W,"Minnesota's oldest state park, which preserves the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The entire park and an individual archaeological site are on the NRHP, and a subsection is a National Natural Landmark."35,Jay Cooke State Park,Carlton,"8,125 acres (3,288ha)",1915,Saint Louis River,4638?59?N 9219?51?W? / ?46.6496646N 92.330748W,"Showcases a rocky, whitewater-strewn river churning through the North Woods. Three districts of CCC and WPA structures and a long-used portage route are on the NRHP."36,John A. Latsch State Park,Winona,409 acres (166ha),1925,Mississippi River,4409?43?N 9149?20?W? / ?44.1619082N 91.8220997W,Features three steep river bluffs.37,Judge C. R. Magney State Park,Cook,"4,323 acres (1,749ha)",1957,"Lake Superior, Brule River",4751?05?N 9003?30?W? / ?47.8512799N 90.0584299W,"Contains the geologically unexplained Devil's Kettle, a large glacial kettle into which half of the Brule River disappears."38,Kilen Woods State Park,Jackson,202 acres (82ha),1945,Des Moines River,4343?36?N 9503?47?W? / ?43.7266244N 95.0630473W,Preserves a riverside parcel of forested hills on the Coteau des Prairies.39,La Salle Lake State Recreation Area,Hubbard,"1,000 acres (400ha)",2011,"Mississippi River, La Salle Lake",4720?14?N 9510?14?W? / ?47.33719N 95.17061W,In development around the second-deepest lake in Minnesota.40,Lac qui Parle State Park,Lac qui Parle and Chippewa,897 acres (363ha),1959,"Lac qui Parle, Minnesota and Lac qui Parle Rivers",4501?14?N 9553?20?W? / ?45.0205141N 95.888921W,"Attracts thousands of migrating waterfowl, earning it the name ""Lake that Speaks."" A district of WPA buildings is on the NRHP."41,Lake Bemidji State Park,Beltrami,"1,653 acres (669ha)",1923,Lake Bemidji,4732?11?N 9449?22?W? / ?47.5363413N 94.8227704W,Features a recreational lakeshore and a spruce-tamarack bog. A district of CCC and National Youth Administration structures is on the NRHP.42,Lake Bronson State Park,Kittson,"2,806 acres (1,136ha)",1937,"Lake Bronson, South Branch Two Rivers",4843?29?N 9636?12?W? / ?48.7247004N 96.6033741W,Features a reservoir created during a drought in the 1930s. A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.43,Lake Carlos State Park,Douglas,"1,175 acres (476ha)",1937,Lake Carlos,4559?12?N 9519?40?W? / ?45.9866293N 95.3278143W,Preserves diverse habitats from prairie to hardwood forest to tamarack bog in a transition zone. Two districts of WPA structures are on the NRHP.44,Lake Louise State Park,Mower,849 acres (344ha),1963,"Lake Louise, Upper and Little Iowa Rivers",4332?01?N 9231?32?W? / ?43.5335762N 92.5254538W,"Features a reservoir surrounded by oak savanna and patches of hardwood forest. Minnesota's oldest continuous recreation area, formerly a town park since the 1860s."45,Lake Maria State Park,Wright,"1,475 acres (597ha)",1963,Several kettle lakes,4518?50?N 9357?26?W? / ?45.3138543N 93.9572003W,Provides a lightly developed wilderness area near Minneapolis  Saint Paul in a morainal landscape of Big Woods.46,Lake Shetek State Park,Murray County,"1,109 acres (449ha)",1937,Lake Shetek,4406?08?N 9541?24?W? / ?44.1021838N 95.6900114W,Features remnants of pioneer history around the largest lake in southwestern Minnesota. Two districts of WPA structures are on the NRHP.47,Lake Vermilion State Park,St. Louis,"2,875 acres (1,163ha)",2010,Lake Vermilion,4750?05?N 9211?53?W? / ?47.83471N 92.19812W,Recently purchased and in development on the fifth-largest lake in Minnesota.48,Maplewood State Park,Otter Tail,"8,127 acres (3,289ha)",1963,Several kettle lakes,4632?01?N 9556?57?W? / ?46.5335703N 95.9492193W,Preserves a forest/prairie transition zone in the Leaf Hills Moraines. A Native American archaeological site is on the NRHP.49,McCarthy Beach State Park,St. Louis,"1,908 acres (772ha)",1945,Sturgeon and Side Lakes,4740?22?N 9301?49?W? / ?47.6727068N 93.0301834W,Features a .5-mile-long (0.80km) beach on an isthmus between two lakes.50,Mille Lacs Kathio State Park,Mille Lacs,"9,786 acres (3,960ha)",1957,"Mille Lacs Lake, Rum River",4607?44?N 9344?26?W? / ?46.1288485N 93.7405269W,Preserves 19 identified archaeological sites dating back 9000 years. The entire park is a National Historic Landmark and four sites are individually listed on the NRHP.51,Minneopa State Park,Blue Earth,"1,617 acres (654ha)",1905,"Minnesota River, Minneopa Creek",4409?44?N 9406?08?W? / ?44.1621879N 94.1021803W,Showcases the largest waterfall in southern Minnesota. The 1864 Seppman Mill and a district of WPA structures are each on the NRHP.52,Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area,"Hennepin, Dakota, Scott, Carver, Sibley, and Le Sueur","6,442 acres (2,607ha)",1969,Minnesota River,4439?43?N 9342?12?W? / ?44.661999N 93.703337W,Comprises non-contiguous sections interspersed with units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in the valley formed by Glacial River Warren.53,Monson Lake State Park,Swift,343 acres (139ha),1937,Monson and West Sunberg Lakes,4519?14?N 9516?30?W? / ?45.3205175N 95.2750235W,Established as a memorial to settlers who died in the Dakota War of 1862. A district of CCC and WPA structures is on the NRHP.54,Moose Lake State Park,Carlton,829 acres (335ha),1971,Moosehead and Echo Lakes,4626?11?N 9243?31?W? / ?46.436319N 92.72521W,Provides water recreation and an exhibit hall on Lake Superior agates (the state gemstone) and the geology of Minnesota.55,Myre-Big Island State Park,Freeborn,"1,578 acres (639ha)",1947,Albert Lea Lake,4337?26?N 9317?21?W? / ?43.6238465N 93.2890959W,Features two islands with old growth hardwood forest since they were out of reach of prairie fires. Also houses one of the state's largest research collections of Native American artifacts.56,Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park,Rice,"1,646 acres (666ha)",1945,Prairie Creek,4420?43?N 9306?27?W? / ?44.3452425N 93.1074337W,Preserves a remnant stand of Big Woods.57,Old Mill State Park,Marshall,287 acres (116ha),1951,Middle River,4821?41?N 9634?13?W? / ?48.361364N 96.5703288W,Features two mills and a log cabin from the late 19th Century. The Larson Mill and a district of WPA structures are each on the NRHP.58,Red River State Recreation Area,Polk,104 acres (42ha),1997,Red River of the North and Red Lake River,4755?58?N 9702?08?W? / ?47.9327778N 97.0355556W,"Reclaims land devastated by the 1997 Red River Flood as part of the Greater Grand Forks Greenway, which serves the dual purpose of holding back river waters during floods and providing recreational opportunities."59,Rice Lake State Park,Steele and Dodge,712 acres (288ha),1963,Rice Lake,4405?15?N 9303?41?W? / ?44.0874639N 93.061315W,Surrounds a shallow lake which attracts migrating waterfowl.60,St. Croix Islands State Recreation Area,Washington,25 acres (10ha),1935,St. Croix River,4505?07?N 9247?10?W? / ?45.08524N 92.78608W,Comprises five islands near the St. Croix Boom Site that came under state control but were never developed. Leased to the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.61,St. Croix State Park,Pine,"31,775 acres (12,859ha)",1943,St. Croix River,4558?27?N 9235?01?W? / ?45.9741154N 92.5835304W,Developed as a Recreational Demonstration Area by the CCC and the WPA to repurpose land too poor to farm. The entire park is a National Historic Landmark.62,Sakatah Lake State Park,Le Sueur and Rice,810 acres (330ha),1963,Sakatah Lake on the Cannon River,4413?16?N 9332?09?W? / ?44.2210746N 93.5357792W,Features a transitional zone between prairie and Big Woods on a natural widening of the Cannon River.63,Savanna Portage State Park,Aitkin and St. Louis,"15,277 acres (6,182ha)",1961,"East and West Savanna Rivers, numerous kettle lakes",4650?15?N 9309?24?W? / ?46.8374455N 93.1566054W,Preserves a historically important and legendarily difficult 6-mile (9.7km) portage over a continental divide between the watersheds of the Mississippi River and Lake Superior. The portage is on the NRHP.64,Scenic State Park,Itasca,"2,370 acres (960ha)",1921,Sandwick and Coon Lakes,4742?57?N 9333?47?W? / ?47.7157733N 93.5629701W,Features pristine lakes and old-growth pines. Two districts of structures built by the first CCC state park camp in Minnesota are on the NRHP.65,Schoolcraft State Park,Cass and Itasca,141 acres (57ha),1959,Mississippi River,4713?30?N 9348?00?W? / ?47.2249502N 93.7999449W,"Honors Henry Schoolcraft, who charted the origins of the Mississippi River with the Ojibwe guide Ozawindib. Preserves virgin pine forest that includes a white pine over 300 years old."66,Sibley State Park,Kandiyohi,"2,540 acres (1,030ha)",1919,Lake Andrew and other kettle lakes,4519?11?N 9501?23?W? / ?45.3196867N 95.0230696W,"Honors Henry Hastings Sibley, the first governor of Minnesota, with a popular recreational lakeshore and a morainal landscape. A district of CCC structures is on the NRHP."67,Soudan Underground Mine State Park,St. Louis,974 acres (394ha),1963,Lake Vermilion,4749?29?N 9215?23?W? / ?47.8246403N 92.2562691W,"Offers tours of Minnesota's oldest, deepest, and richest iron mine and a modern high energy physics laboratory. The mine is a National Historic Landmark and a row of 20th Century boathouses is on the NRHP."68,Split Rock Creek State Park,Pipestone,947 acres (383ha),1937,Split Rock Lake,4353?53?N 9621?51?W? / ?43.8980264N 96.3642032W,Features a recreational reservoir on the Coteau des Prairies.69,Split Rock Lighthouse State Park,Lake,"2,112 acres (855ha)",1945,"Lake Superior, Split Rock River",4711?32?N 9123?35?W? / ?47.1921472N 91.3929484W,"Surrounds the clifftop Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States. The lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark."70,Temperance River State Park,Cook,"1,134 acres (459ha)",1957,"Lake Superior, Temperance and Cross Rivers",4733?16?N 9052?21?W? / ?47.5543466N 90.8723722W,"Showcases the deep, narrow gorge of the Temperance River (so named for its lack of a ""bar"" at its mouth) and Carlton Peak, a rock climbing area."71,Tettegouche State Park,Lake,"8,998 acres (3,641ha)",1979,Lake Superior and Baptism River,4721?32?N 9115?51?W? / ?47.358806N 91.2640506W,"Encompasses the tallest waterfall within the state's borders, the iconic headlands of Palisade Head and Shovel Point, and a historic fishing camp which is on the NRHP."72,Upper Sioux Agency State Park,Yellow Medicine,"1,065 acres (431ha)",1963,Minnesota and Yellow Medicine Rivers,4444?17?N 9527?14?W? / ?44.7380132N 95.4539039W,Interprets the site of the agency that administered a Dakota Indian reservation until it was destroyed during the Dakota War of 1862. The agency is on the NRHP.73,Whitewater State Park,Winona,"1,672 acres (677ha)",1919,Whitewater River,4403?30?N 9203?32?W? / ?44.058297N 92.0587726W,Showcases a popular steep-sided river valley in the Driftless Area. A large district of CCC and WPA structures is on the NRHP.74,Wild River State Park,Chisago,"6,574 acres (2,660ha)",1973,St. Croix River,4534?05?N 9252?33?W? / ?45.5680159N 92.8757696W,Follows 18 miles (29km) of one of the first waterways designated a National Wild and Scenic River. A section of the Point Douglas to Superior Military Road is on the NRHP.75,William O'Brien State Park,Washington,"1,783 acres (722ha)",1947,St. Croix River,4513?10?N 9245?58?W? / ?45.2194109N 92.7660423W,Provides outdoor recreation opportunities near Minneapolis  Saint Paul.76,Zippel Bay State Park,Lake of the Woods,"2,826 acres (1,144ha)",1959,Lake of the Woods,4851?50?N 9451?34?W? / ?48.8638742N 94.8593862W,Provides water recreation and birdwatching opportunities on the shore of the country's sixth largest lake.,,,,,,,For other more formats kindly visit,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Original source :,,,,,,,