Crow Wing State Park

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Crow Wing State Park

This is a nature lover's delight. Explore prairie, pine, and hardwood forests. View the Mississippi River from historic and picturesque "Chippewa Lookout." Novice canoeists can paddle the calm waters of the Crow Wing and Mississippi Rivers. Crow Wing is a park rich in cultural history. In this area, a frontier town emerged to serve the needs of travelers and traders. The town died when the railroad chose to cross the river at Brainerd. Walk through the site of the Old Crow Wing Village for a sense of history. The park still has a section of the famous Woods Trail, which served ox cart traffic that carried supplies between St. Paul and the Red River settlements.

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Visitor Alert

Rock Lake campground is open

The Rock Lake campground in the Pillsbury State Forest is open.

Same-day reservations

You can make a same-day reservation at many locations, and reserve every campsite at every state park and recreation area. Learn more.

Visit ParkFinder or Summer Activities Guide for an overview of summer recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated Dec. 5, 2016)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
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State Forest Campgrounds:

Crow Wing State Park State Park also manages the Shafer Lake Day-Use Area, the Rock Lake campground and Rock Lake Day-Use Area, and the Walter E. Stark Assembly Area and Horse Campground inside the Pillsbury State Forest. For information on these units, please contact the Crow Wing State Park State Park office at (218) 825-3075.

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Crow Wing State Park.


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Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Scenic Hiking Trails

tree Historic Sites

tree Canoeing/Mississippi River

tree Great Wildlife Observation Opportunities


Best time to contact the park:

Daily: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday & Saturday, Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


3124 State Park Road
Brainerd, MN 56401

tel: 218-825-3075

fax: 218-825-3077


Getting There

From Brainerd go 9 miles south on U.S. Highway 371. Then west at County Road 27 for one mile to the park office.