Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
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Savanna Portage State Park is over 16,000 acres in size and is located near McGregor, Minnesota. The State Park is named for the historic six-mile-long Savanna Portage Trail that runs through the park. This portage that was part of a canoe route between the St. Louis River and the Mississippi River. The Continental Divide runs through the park, water either flows west to the Mississippi or east to Lake Superior. Savanna Portage State Park has several lakes, hardwood forests with some conifers, and tamarack peat bogs. Dogs are allowed in most areas of the park when kept on a leash.

During the warm months visitors have access to 27 miles of hiking trails and 10 miles of mountain bike trails. Fishing is available on four lakes is the park (electric motors only); panfish, trout, and bass are commonly caught by anglers. Boats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent. There is a picnic area with a playground, fishing pier, and beach located on Loon Lake.

Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. There are 5.4 miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails in the park. There is an ungroomed fat tire bike trail around Lake Shumway. Snowshoes are available for rent and can be used anywhere in the park except for on the groomed trails. There are 32 miles of snowmobile trails in the park.

There is a campground in the park with a total of 61 drive-in sites, 18 of the sites have electric hook ups with 30-amp service. In addition to the main campground, there are six backpack sites, one canoe-in site and one group site. The park also offers one camper cabin for rent and a guesthouse that sleeps six is available year-round.

A link to the Minnesota DNR website for Savanna Portage State Park can be found here.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

State Park Day-Use Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Large forested park miles of hiking trails and four fishing lakes.

Cons

Mosquitos during early summer.

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Backcountry camping
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Rental facilities
Geologically significant
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Potable water
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Playground
Fishing

Location

Nearby Adventures

Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota
Savanna Portage State Park, Minnesota

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