MINNESOTA VALLEY STATE PARK
8,000 acres. This state park consists of several tracts alongside the Minnesota River in the southern part of the state. Other lands along the river in this region are part of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
The river valley includes hills and bluffs, oak forest and prairie, marshes and meadows, and some lakes. White-tailed deer and fox are among the wildlife.
Activities: The 25-mile Minnesota Valley State Trail runs along the river from Belle Plaine to Sha-kopee, and it will soon be extended. There are also 11 miles of other trails and loops.
Hiking and backpacking are possible on these trails, and some of the trails are also open to horseback riding and mountain biking. Canoeing is available on the river, as is fishing. Limited hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: A number of canoe campsites are located along the river, and these sites may be used by backpackers as well as canoeists. Camping is restricted to these sites. No fees are charged. Fires are allowed in designated areas.
For Further Information: Minnesota Valley State Park, 19825 Park Boulevard, Jordan, MN 55352; (612)492-6400.