Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo 

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Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

5731 Co Rd 105 NW
Byron, MN 55920

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.

Features:

  • 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.

https://www.olmstedcounty.gov/residents/parks-recreation/parks/oxbow-park-zollman-zoo

Hours & Dates

Year-Round

  • Monday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
  • Tuesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
  • Wednesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
  • Thursday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
  • Friday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
  • Saturday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sunday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
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.

Rates

  • Camping - non-electric site, daily: $25.00
  • Camping - electric site, daily: $30.00
  • Campground - wood, full cart: $10.00
  • Campground - wood, half cart: $5.00
  • Picnic Shelter full day: $125.00
  • Picnic Shelter 1/2 day (AM or PM): $75.00
  • Zollman Zoo: FREE

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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