Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo 

8 Miles West of Rochester, MN on Highway 14, at Byron, MN take Cty Rd. 5 North approx 3 miles to Cty Rd 4 (Valley High Rd) and then Co Rd 105 into the Park.

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Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo are located just north of Byron, Minnesota, on the meandering Middle Branch of the South Fork Zumbro River. In this peaceful valley, the Park provides endless opportunities to connect with nature throughout its 634 acres. The Zoo exhibits a wide variety of Minnesota native animals, both present and from the past, in settings that allow you to see them up-close. You can howl with the wolves, be amazed by the bison, and watch the otters do water aerobics. The miles of trails and acres of native prairies can be enjoyed in every season, with an abundance of wildflowers, a variety of trees, songbirds, and wildlife. The campground provides a respite from busy lives and you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of the river. Gather your family and friends for a picnic at one of our 5 picnic shelters. Environmental education and weekend programs for adults and children draw visitors from throughout the area.

There is no entrance fee to the Park or the Zoo.


  • Zoo with 40+ different species and 75+ animals
  • 30 site campground
    • 15 electric sites
    • 15 non-electric sites
    • restrooms with showers
    • wood available for purchase
    • easily accessible to trails, the zoo, and the Path of Imagination
    • reservations can be made online at resnexus.com
  • 5 picnic shelters with picnic tables, fire pits, cooking grates, and electricity
  • 8+ miles of hiking trails, with varying degrees of difficulty
  • Cross country ski and snowshoe rentals in the winter
  • Designated fat-tire bike trails
  • Path of Imagination – natural playscape area for kids
  • Weekend drop-in programs for kids and adult
  • Environmental education for school age children can be scheduled, based on availability, by calling the Park
  • Visitor Center with snakes, turtles, and owls. Maps also available at the Visitor Center
  • Wagons available in the Zoo for toting tired children


Mobility Access to Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Are mobility issues keeping you from enjoying Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo? We have a trac-chair available to check-out at the Visitor Center if you have mobility issues. This would allow you to enjoy Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo and all it has to offer. There’s no charge; please call ahead to make sure it is available when you plan to visit.



Zollman Zoo and the Visitor Center are open 10am to 4:00pm 7 days per week all year; the greater Park area is open 5am to 10pm 7 days per week. Closed in Winter to camping. Winter offers groomed hiking and cross country skiing trails and snowshoeing. Ski and snowshoe rentals available for adults and children.


The Zoo and the greater park are admission free, donations accepted. Camping is $30 per night for an electric site; $25 per night for non-electric.

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