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Wild River State Park

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Where to go: Getting a view of the St. Croix Valley is best from the Visitor Center Overlook, taking in the hillsides and river. You can find spots of color anywhere in the park, including a colorful carpet of leaves. Look for oaks and aspens lining the hillsides from the River Access or Nevers Dam Overlook. Make sure to stop at the Observation platform on Amador Prairie to see the fall colors on the prairie grasses.

What you'll see: Colors seem more muted this fall, but oak and aspen trees have gotten very colorful in the last few days. At the same time, winds and some rains have knocked down many of the maple leaves in the park. Despite the leafless trees, blue skies this weekend should provide a nice backdrop for the oak and aspen trees, with pines and other evergreens adding a deep green contrast.

Also of interest: Wild Shiver Weekend is happening at Wild River this week, with programs scheduled throughout MEA. Come out for fun programs, fall colors and join us for the campground trick-or-treating on Saturday night, October 18 from 6 to 8 pm.

Last updated: October 17, 2014 

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Getting there

39797 Park Trail
Center City, MN 55012

From I-35, take State Highway 95 to County Road 12. Drive 3 miles on County Road 12 to the park entrance.

Do not rely on a GPS unit to find the park's main entrance! GPS units direct you to the geographic center of the park (Sunrise Landing area), not to the main park entrance. Please consult a map or call the office if you need additional driving directions.


Phone: 651-583-2125
Park Naturalist: 651-583-2925

Email: wildriver.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended hours on weekends.