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 3,742 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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Public Notices








Do you wish there was a bus that could take you to the local grocery store or even to an appointment in Rochester? The City of St. Charles is working in partnership with Dover, Eyota, and SEMCAC to investigate the possibility of a bus service just for our area. Are you looking for an alternative to let someone else do the driving? If so, please fill out the attached survey and drop it off at City Hall or e-mail it to nkoverman@stcharlesmn.org.

Transportation Needs Assessment


The winter season is upon us. We appreciate your help in keeping St. Charles streets safe.

70.10 Snow Removal

(C) Snow removal operations. When there is snowfall, no one shall park any motor vehicle on the streets, alleys, boulevards, or public grounds (except for municipal parking lots) within corporate limits of the city until snowfall has ceased and the street has been plowed curb to curb (except for municipal parking lots).

City crews work diligently to ensure that safe passage for the entire city is the first priority.

2012 Consumer Confidence Report

The 2012 Consumer Confidence Report as released by the Minnesota Department of Health related to the local drinking water is now available.

2012 Water Report

Come discover St. Charles!