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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

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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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  • We did the bison drive and drove slowly. We spotted the bison herd early on. We have seen thousands of bison before, but it was till nice to spot this Minnesota herd. The place was pretty busy this Su...  more »
  • It's a wonderful spot. Full of natural beauty and historical imporance. Plus there's Bison there. I've been visiting the Falls for many years. Last year we went on the Bus tour to see the Bison. And l...  more »
  • This state park's main attraction is the falls area, but there is more to it than that. Unique in the fact that it is not all in one joined area.  more »

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