Welcome from St. Charles, Minnesota

Whether you decide to stay, or just plan to visit, we welcome you to St. Charles and hope your stay is filled with many fond memories!

Located 20 miles east of Rochester and 20 miles west of Winona, St. Charles offers big city conveniences with the advantages of small town living.  Best known for being the Gateway to the Whitewater Valley, St. Charles is a vibrant community of 3,825 people comfortably nestled within the rolling hills and valleys of southeastern Minnesota. 

St. Charles is a great place to visit and an even better place to live.  Our vibrant main street, small town charm, and scenic residential subdivisions make St. Charles a desirable place to live, work and raise a family.  

In St. Charles, recreational opportunities abound. The Majestic Whitewater State Park is only seven miles north of the city. We have five beautiful city parks offering a variety of activities, including picnic areas, volleyball courts, ball fields, playground equipment and biking and hiking trails.  We are very proud of our Senior Center with over 90 active members, and our expansive recreation programs.

While you're here, play a round of golf at the St. Charles Golf Course, enjoy a warm summer day at our state-of-the-art aquatics facility, or visit our public library. 

If shopping is more your style, St. Charles' downtown area has several antique and specialty shops for your prowling pleasure, a pleasant outing for both the treasure seeker or browser.

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Park / Rec Notifications:

June 21st - 8U Softball cancelled


Safe Routes To School Construction Notice (Updated May 23, 2018)

NOTICE: 11th and Whitewater Avenue Detour planned for Tuesday, May 29, 2018

As part of the Safe Routes To School project, it has been determined that in order to safely construct portions of the next phase of the project, it is necessary to implement a detour. Notice is hereby given that Trunk Highway 74 (Whitewater Avenue) in the City of St. Charles, Minnesota will be detoured beginning on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  The detour is needed as part of the Safe Routes to School project along 11th Street.  Traffic will be affected from Trunk Highway 14 (6th Street) to 14th Street.  Traffic will be detoured on to St. Charles Avenue which is one block west of Trunk Highway 74 (Whitewater Avenue).  The detour signage will be in place to direct traffic around the construction work zone.  However, parking and access to downtown businesses will still be available, but no thru-traffic will be allowed at 11th Street/Whitewater. Installation of the detour is weather dependent. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work through this project.


St. Charles Area Greenhouses Information
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2018 Recycling Calendar

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RESIDENT NOTICE - Council meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Agendas and Council Packets

Do you want a topic added to the next City Council Agenda?

Fill out the City Council Request Form and return it to City Hall no later than the Thursday prior to the next council meeting.

The 2017 Consumer Confidence Report as released by the Minnesota Department of Health related to the local drinking water, is now available here.

2017 CCR Report

Customers may also request a paper copy at City Hall.

Come discover St. Charles!