Fort Ridgely State Park


Campground Type
State Park

72158 County Road 30
Fairfax, Minnesota 55332


Fort Ridgely State Park

Campground Details

Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 39
Number of Sites with Electric: 15

Tour Historic Fort Ridgely and wander through the ruins of this once thriving outpost. Learn about the U. S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862, a major event in Minnesota's early history. Stop by the cemetery to learn more about the history. For recreation, this park offers plenty: play a nine hole course; hike or ride the trails on horseback; play volleyball or softball; fish; and camp (drive-in and walk-in sites are available). Come winter, ski, snowmobile or slide down the big hill.

Campgrounds: The park currently has 31 drive-in campsites and 3 walk-in sites. Camping is available year-round. In winter, the park has 15 electric and 16 non-electric sites available. The park does not plow the campground road so campers must hike to the campground after snowfall. The group camp is available in the fall until November 1. The Horse Camp is open April 1-November 1 (Day riding allowed until trails are snow-covered).

The sites are located in the Creekside and Rustic campgrounds. The Creekside campground includes sites that are shaded but open. About 1/3 of these sites have some vegetative screening for privacy. The Rustic campground contains a small shelter. Rustic sites all have vegetative screening between sites. Drinking water is available adjacent to the building. The vault toilets that serve the rustic area have cold running water inside the building. In winter, water will be available at the Chalet building and the park office. The group camp is open for the season.

Drive-in Sites
39 Sites

Pull-Through Sites
One Site
Located in the Creekside campground.

Electric Sites
15 Sites
All located in the Creekside campground.

RV Length Limit
60 Feet
Length is measured from front of tow vehicle to rear of vehicle being towed.

Walk-in Sites
3 Sites
These secluded sites are located about 1,000 feet from parking area. Drinking water is available at the sites. This area is designated as carry-in, carry-out only. No garbage receptacles provided. Call the park to reserve these sites.

Horse Camp
25 Sites (15 electric sites)
The area can handle a maximum of 25 units. Fifteen of the sites have electric hook-ups. A modern sanitation building with showers and flush toilets is available in the horse campground. Sites are located in an area of limited shade. Fire rings and picnic tables are provided. Water for people and horses provided. All sites are first-come, first-served and available April 1 - November 1.

Group Camp
1 Site - Accommodates up to 40 people
Water, fire rings, and picnic tables available. Vault toilets only. Appropriate for tents and RVs. Sites remain open until snow cover.

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