Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
Located on the Mississippi River, Charles A. Lindbergh State Park offers visitors a wooded campground, hiking and skiing trails, and a quaint picnic area. The picnic area includes a historic Work Projects Administration (WPA) picnic shelter and a stone water tower. Fish the waters of the Mississippi River, canoe Pike Creek, or hike the trails amid grand red and white pine, aspen, oak, and prairie. Look for bald eagles year-round. During your summer visit, stop in at the historic home of Charles A. Lindbergh, the famous aviator. The home and adjacent museum are operated by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and are adjacent to the park.
About the Park
The park was created in 1913 when the family of Charles Lindbergh, Sr. donated 110 acres in his memory. Today, the park contains 570 acres. Pike Creek runs through its center and empties into the Mississippi River.
- Boat launch is 1/2 mile from campgrounds
- 8 miles of hiking trails
- 15 electric campsites, 23 non-electric campsites, 2 cart-in/canoe-in campsites, and one group site
- Picnic is with enclosed log-cabin shelter
- Canoe and snowshoe rentals, free birding kits and geocaching GPS checkouts
- Campgrounds water/showers/flushing bathrooms in mid-May through mid-September
- Call 866-857-2757 or visit mndnr.gov/reservations to reserve your site
They are mostly flat and mowed grass. While hiking in the shade of the trees you can see the site where Charles Lindbergh, Jr. landed his “Jenny” airplane in 1923.
Elk Unit Trails: this unit of Charles Lindbergh State Park is 3.5drive north of the main park. Here you can see the multitude of the Little Elk and the Mississippi River or hike a couple miles of trails.