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St. Croix State Park Planning

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Parks and Trails creating a new management plan to guide future development and operations at St. Croix State Park.

The management plan will set the direction for the state park for the next 15-20 years and will include recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities to state park visitors.

Draft Plan Open for Public Review

A draft of the management plan is open for public review and comment. The draft plan can be viewed here:

Comments on the draft can be sent to jade.templin@state.mn.us or to:

MNDNR Division of Parks and Trails
St. Croix Management Plan comments
500 Lafayette Road Box 39
St. Paul, MN  55155-4039

The DNR will host an open house on June 22, 2017 at the St. Croix Lodge visitor center in St. Croix State Park from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to answer questions and collect comments on the draft plan.

The public review period closes on July 7th.

The management plan will set the direction for the state park for the next 15-20 years and will include recommendations for managing natural and cultural resources and providing recreational and interpretative opportunities to state park visitors.

Past Public Input

An open house was held on Thursday June 16th at the park's St. Croix Lodge Visitor Center to start the planning process. If you were not able to attend, some of the maps and other materials from the open house are available for review below.

Citizen advisory committee

A Citizen Advisory Committee was formed to help identify issues and consider recommendations for the management plan. The committee met four times the planning process.

The first Citizen Advisory Committee meeting was held on July 13th. Topics from the first meeting included the planning process, an overview of St. Croix State Park, and natural & cultural resources management. The second meeting on August 18th included discussion of interpretive services and overnight facilities. The third meeting on September 15th included discussion on day use facilities, trails, and park boundaries. At the fourth meeting on October 27th, the committee reviewed a draft of the management plan and provided feedback. The agendas, handouts, and presentations from the meetings are available below.

Public Input Questionnaire

An online questionnaire was available following the open house in June through the creation of the draft plan in October. People could provide input for resource management, interpretation, recreation, and other topics for the management plan.

Planning documents and other materials

About St. Croix State Park

St. Croix State Park was established as a state park in 1943. It is the largest Minnesota state park, with over 34,000 acres of forests, prairie, wetlands, and river shoreline. Many of the park's buildings and other facilities were designed by the National Park Service and built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The state park has been designated a National Historic Landmark.  The park has undertaken significant restoration efforts to recover from the damage of the 2011 windstorm.

The state park has miles of trails for hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. Visitors can canoe, boat and fish on the St. Croix River – a National Scenic Riverway - and on the Kettle River - a State Wild and Scenic River. For overnight visitors, the state park includes three campgrounds, a horse campground, group camps, cabins, and three modern group centers. The state park also has a picnic area and swimming beach, and a fire tower open to park visitors. The Matthew Lourey State Trail extends through the park, and is open to hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and snowmobiling within the state park.

Over 272,000 people visited St. Croix State Park in 2015, with more than 40,500 people staying overnight in the park's campgrounds, cabins, group camps, and group centers.

Learn more about St. Croix State Park.

For more information

If you would like more information or have questions about this project, please contact:

Jade Templin, AICP
Principal Planner, MNDNR Division of Parks and Trails
Telephone: 651-259-5598
Email: jade.templin@state.mn.us