Bison have been reintroduced to Minneopa State Park just outside of Mankato. This herd of 20 is unique, having high quality genetics descending from the type of bison Lewis and Clark gazed upon in the 1830s. The Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd is managed in partnership between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Zoo to preserve genetically diverse bison for the enjoyment of all people.Visitors can drive through the enclosed 331 acres of the park to catch a glimpse at these beautiful giants. The bison like to roam, so sightings are not guaranteed.
Bison Drive Hours and Information
The Bison Drive Road is open Thursday-Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The road is closed every Wednesday for maintenance. Please be sure to exit the bison range before the posted closing times.
Periodic Closure (typically in late winter, early spring)
To ensure stable road conditions, seasonal closures may occur due to rapidly melting snow throughout the freeze/thaw cycle, which results in poor and unsafe road conditions. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will alert of such closures on the Minneopa State Park State webpage.
Bison Viewing Tips
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