Known to Dakota people as Oȟéyawahe, "the hill much visited," Pilot Knob is a place of distinctive historical, cultural, and environmental importance, a sacred site, a landmark of Minnesota's beginnings. Pilot Knob is located on the east end of the Mendota Bridge, south of Highway 55 in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. A portion of the hill is included in Acacia Park Cemetery.
The Pilot Knob Preservation Association advocates for this distinctive hill, documents its long history, raises public awareness of its importance, and helps to preserve it for present and futuregenerations. Contributions are welcome. PKPA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information write to:
The Pilot Knob Preservation Association
P.O. Box 50823
Mendota, MN 55150-0823
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How to get to Oȟéyawahe/ Pilot Knob
Oȟéyawahe/Pilot Knob is located at 2100 Pilot Knob Road, Mendota Heights.
From I-494, take the Pilot Knob Road exit, then drive north until the road ends.
From State Highway 13, take the Acacia Blvd. exit west to Pilot Knob Road. Turn right. Park along the street.
Oȟéyawahe/Pilot Knob can be visited every day during daylight hours.
There are interpretive signs and trails; there are no other facilities.
The new pocket guide
The new version of the Oȟéyawahe/ Pilot Knob pocket guide is available in pdf form. Click on the above image to open it in your browser or download it,
Category Archives: Natural history
A surprising find: Imperiled rusty patched bumble bee discovered at Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob during survey
By Leslie Pilgrim In recent years, the once-common rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) has vanished from almost 90 percent of its historic range. Experiencing declines so dramatic that the species may be on the brink of extinction, Bombus affinis was … Continue reading