You must be signed in to save park lists.
Your Park Lists
add New List
Add Photo
You must be signed in to add photos.
state route ranger badge

Minnesota State Parks

responsive menu icon
USA Parks
Southern Region
Sakatah State Park
start slideshow
Sakatah State Park Sakatah Entrance © Wes Gerber
Sakatah State Park Hiding Spot © Wes Gerber
Hollow log on the Big Woods Trail
Sakatah State Park © Stacey Schottey
Sakatah State Park © Stacey Schottey
Sakatah State Park © Stacey Schottey
Availability Search
50499 Sakatah Lake State Park Road
Waterville, Minnesota   56096

Phone: 507-362-4438
Toll Free: 888-646-6367
Reservations: 866-857-2757
Email: park email button icon
Sakatah-Singing Hills State Trail runs through Sakatah Lake State Park and stretches 39 miles from Mankato to Faribault. The paved trail offers hikers, bikers, skiers, and snowmobilers beautiful scenery through Minnesota's hardwoods. Sakatah Lake, a natural widening of the Cannon River, lures canoeists to paddle the calm waters, and anglers to catch walleye, large mouth and white bass, northern pike, and panfish. Whatever the season, visitors enjoy camping and picnicking.
Nature of the Area
Original notes from surveyors in the late 1800's described the area as low, rolling land with second rate timber and prairieland with bur oak, basswood, aspen, butternut, elm, ash, and ironwood. This area is an example of a transition zone, or ecotome, between the Southern Oak Barrens and the Big Woods Landscape Regions.

Glacial activity 14,000 years ago shaped this landscape. The park sits on a moraine, a large mound of rock and mineral debris deposits. In some areas of the park, these moraine deposits are up to 400 feet deep. Glacial ice blocks left by receding glaciers formed depressions which filled with water creating lakes such as Sakatah Lake.

Open fields, wetlands, upland forests, lakes, and forest edges provide the perfect habitat for many southern Minnesota wildlife species. Deer, muskrat, raccoon, mink, rabbit, and red fox are animals commonly seen in the park. Listen for songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, and owls in the park.
History of the Area
Members of the Dakota Nation, the Wahpekita (Wapacoota) tribe inhabited the area that is now the park. They named the area Sakatah, which translates to "Singing Hills," hence the name for the state trail. The Cannon and other area rivers served as an important Indian water route between south central Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Big Woods made land travel difficult and a water route allowed larger loads. Numerous trading posts and Indian villages existed along the route. A village site is believed to have existed in the area of the point separating Sakatah and Lower Sakatah Lakes. In 1862 a trader by the name of Alexander Faribault established a post on the northeast shore of Cannon Lake -- one of the first white settlements in the area. He eventually opened at least five other trading posts along the Cannon River.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 25 by chad kriese
park review stars; one to five greap park. great hiking and some very nice campsites
August 4 Great place for family camping! by mn-mom
park review stars; one to five Our family was very impressed with the clean facilities and peaceful environment.
write a review
Share On

Area Campgrounds
Kiesler's Campground
14360 Highway 14 E
Waseca, MN
Kamp Dels
14842 SakatahLake Road
Waterville, MN
Nearby Hotels

Park entrance is located off State Highway 60, one mile east of the intersection on State Highway 13 and 60 at Waterville, or 14 miles west of Faribault.

state route ranger badge

Minnesota State Parks