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Buffalo River State Park

by Jim Umhoefer
The tall-grass prairie within Buffalo River State Park and the adjoining 1300-acre Bluestem Prairie Scientific and Natural Area combine to form one of the largest and best tracts of grassland left in Minnesota. Each spring prairie chickens perform their showy mating dances and can be viewed from special birding blinds. Buffalo River State Park is located 13 miles east of Moorhead in Minnesota’s Clay County.

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Buffalo River

Buffalo River

Camping at Buffalo River

Swimming at Buffalo River


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The park’s 12 miles of easy footpaths give hikers a chance to see some 250 species of wildflowers and grasses. The Buffalo River bisects the park, and is the center of most activity.
The 44-site campground can be busy during the summer, so reservations are a good idea. A large primitive group camp is located downriver, close to the park’s entrance.
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