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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Schedule of Events

Welcome to a fun filled 24+ hour event that will include everything
from an ice bar to family sledding.
Check out the Whitewater Winterfest in St. Charles!
February 12th & 13th, 2016

The full schedule will be posted on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/whitewaterwinterfest



St. Charles Area Chamber of Commerce
Home and Business Expo
Open to the Public

Saturday, February 20th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 21st 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

St. Charles Lions Breakfast
to benefit the Ready Set School Program

St. Charles Elementary School
925 Church Avenue

For more information and registration, click here!


The St. Charles Park Department is accepting bids on mowing five of its City Parks. The Parks are; Whispering Hills/ Jessens Park/ Brookwood Park, Meadow View Park & Kieffer Park. Contractor must use their own equipment, fuel & must have current insurance.
The bid price will be for all five parks/ each time for a 3 year contract.
The Park Department will determine when the mowing would need to be done. If you are interested/ please contact Park/Recreation Director Rick Schaber at City Hall in St. Charles for more information at (507)932-3020.
Bids are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29th, 2016!!!

Click here for more info!


2016 Recycling Calendar

Click the image for printable format.


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.

Lead/Copper Tap Water Monitoring Results 2014

Fact Sheet

The 2014 Consumer Confidence Report as released by the Minnesota Department of Health related to the local drinking water, is now available here.

2014 CCR Report

Customers may also request a paper copy at City Hall.

Come discover St. Charles!