Fort Ridgely State Park campground, horse camp and trails temporarily closed due to flooding

(Released June 20, 2014)

Effective immediately, the campgrounds, horse camp and trails at Fort Ridgely State Park near Fairfax have been closed due to flooding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Joanne Svendsen, assistant park manager, said once flood waters recede, park staff will evaluate the impact of flooding.  “We hope the campgrounds and horse camp are not closed for long, but much will depend on the weather and condition of the grounds,” Svendsen said.

Campers with reservations at the park through June 25 have been contacted and given refunds.  Additional campers will be notified if the park is closed beyond that date.

The Fort Ridgely golf course, chalet and historic site remain open.

The park is located off state Highway 4, 6 miles south of Fairfax or 12 miles north of Sleepy Eye.

Updates and more information on the park can be found on the park’s Web page.