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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

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State Park
Minneopa State Park is a state park in Minnesota, United States. It was established in 1905 to preserve Minneopa Falls, the largest waterfall in 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, 3mi west of Mankato. In 2015 the state reintroduced American bison to the park in a 330acre fenced enclosure, which visitors can drive through in their vehicles.GeographyMinneopa State Park is divided into two distinct sections by a corridor of roads, railroads, and private property. The original section contains the falls and Rustic Style structures. The much larger northern section, added in 1969, stretches along the Minnesota River and includes the campground and Seppmann Mill. Although the sections are contiguous, the only way to travel from one to the other is via a county road.
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  • This is a pretty busy park. We came here after a road race to keep our legs moving for a bit and loved the falls. There was plenty of parking and bathrooms. The falls were pretty and it was kinda rust...  more »
  • First time: There they are, no big deal. 13 of 'em. no camera Second time: Camera, no bison--no big deal--saw mill Third time: yet to come. Will have lunch to be eaten in car, camera at the ready, lau...  more »
  • Lovely waterfalls, trails, and an interesting drive through a Bison pasture, Minneopa State Park is a great place to spend half a day. There are also a few campsites for overnight visits. My only wish...  more »