Lies on a glacial moraine with deep ravines that drop 300 feet (91 m) down to the St. Croix River
Banning State Park
Contains 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of whitewater rapids and the remains of a historic quarry operation
Bear Head Lake State Park
Bear Head Lake
Provides road access and modern camping facilities in an environment similar to the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Beaver Creek Valley State Park
East Beaver Creek
Showcases the rugged topography of the Driftless Area in a narrow valley carved by a trout stream
Big Bog State Recreation Area
Red Lake, Tamarac River
Encompasses part of the largest peatland in the Lower 48 states (a National Natural Landmark) and a prime walleye fishery.
Big Stone Lake State Park
Big Stone Lake
Protects two sections of shoreline on Big Stone Lake, the source of the Minnesota River
Blue Mounds State Park
Protects an escarpment of Sioux Quartzite and Minnesota’s only public bison herd A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.
Buffalo River State Park
Preserves part of one of the state’s largest and best tallgrass prairies. A district of WPA structures is on the NRHP.
Camden State Park
Preserves a forested river valley in the midst of prairie and farm country. A district of VCC and WPA structures is on the NRHP.
Carley State Park
Donated by State Senator James A. Carley to protect a stand of white pines. Used as an overflow campground for nearby Whitewater State Park.
Cascade River State Park
Lake Superior and Cascade River
Stretches along 10.5 miles (16.9 km) of Lake Superior coastline in land rehabilitated after construction of Minnesota State Highway 61. A WPA highway wayside is on the NRHP.
Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
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.
Crow Wing State Park
Crow Wing, Cass, and Morrison
Mississippi and Crow Wing Rivers
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.
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Chain of small lakes and streams, filled pit mines
In development as the land is rehabilitated from open-pit iron mining. Includes Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake, the state’s deepest lake.
Father Hennepin State Park
Mille Lacs Lake
Provides lakeside recreation in the region visited by Father Louis Hennepin during a French expedition in 1680.
Flandrau State Park
Created to provide water recreation near New Ulm. Entire park is a district of CCC and WPA structures on the NRHP.
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
South Branch Root River and tributaries
Encompasses the historic townsite of Forestville, the state’s longest explored cave, and three blue-ribbon trout streams.
Fort Ridgely State Park
Nicollet and Renville
Fort Ridgely Creek
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.
Fort Snelling State Park
Ramsey, Hennepin, and Dakota
Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers
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.
Franz Jevne State Park
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.
Frontenac State Park
Lake Pepin on Mississippi River
Attracts 260 species of year-round and migrant birds with its variety of habitats. Includes a natural arch atop a 430-foot (130 m) bluff.
Garden Island State Recreation Area
Lake of the Woods
Lake of the Woods
Comprises a nearly undeveloped island, 15 mi (24 km) from the closest mainland marinas, that once bore Native American gardens.
George H. Crosby Manitou State Park
Contains undeveloped North Woods wilderness geared towards backpackers.
Glacial Lakes State Park
Several kettle lakes
Preserves rolling tallgrass prairie amidst the glacial landforms of the Leaf Hills Moraines.
Glendalough State Park
Six kettle lakes
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.
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Lake Superior, Gooseberry River
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.
Grand Portage State Park
Features a 120-foot (37 m) 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.
Great River Bluffs State Park
Features 500-foot-high (150 m) bluffs and steep goat prairies. Formerly named O.L. Kipp State Park.
Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area
Greenleaf and Sioux Lakes
In development and open for limited day-use recreation.
Hayes Lake State Park
Hayes Lake, North Fork Roseau River
Provides fishing and swimming opportunities in an exclusively recreational reservoir free of agricultural runoff or water level fluctuations for irrigation or power generation.
Hill-Annex Mine State Park
Filled pit mine
Offers tours of a former open-pit iron mine and fossil collecting. A district of mine structures is on the NRHP.
Interstate State Park
St. Croix River
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.
Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area
Provides 36 miles (58 km) of trails for off highway vehicles.
Itasca State Park
Hubbard, Clearwater, and Becker
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.
Jay Cooke State Park
Saint Louis River
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.
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.