Flandrau State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
Flandrau State Park retains its natural character even though it’s just a short walk or bike ride from residential areas in New Ulm. The park is bounded by steep, wooded slopes that guide the Cottonwood River on its curvy course. The river wanders through bottomland forest and grassy openings, past oxbow lakes and marshes where it used to flow. Flandrau is a heavy day-use park. The sand-bottom swimming beach draws sun worshippers for long afternoons of sunbathing and swimming. Flandrau State Park is located in New Ulm in Minnesota’s Brown County.
Cross-country skiing is the most popular winter activity at Flandrau. Though the park grooms about 6 miles of ski trails and two miles of snowshoe trails, some prefer to forge their own paths though the river bottomlands. The stone beach house serves as a warming house for trail users.
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