Interstate State Park

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Interstate State Park

There is so much to do at Interstate State Park, located on the beautiful St. Croix River. Visitors can climb the cliffs of the St. Croix River Dalles, canoe the flat-water, watch kayakers rush through the rapids, or relax on an excursion boat. Spring brings a great diversity of wildflowers and in fall, the St. Croix River Valley forest is ablaze in the autumn colors of red, gold, and orange. The geology that formed this park intrigues visitors, and brings geologists from all over the world. At least 10 different lava flows are exposed in the park, along with two distinct glacial deposits, and traces of old streams valleys and faults. During the summer, hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes that make this park unique.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert

Seasonal Update

The visitor center parking lot is closed for the season. Parking is still available at the southern entrance of the park. Please use that self-pay station to buy a $35 twelve-month or $7 daily permit. Plowing may not happen immediately after a snowfall.

The park's water is turned off until mid-April. Plan to pack a water bottle for your hike. Rustic bathrooms are available at the park's southern entrance near the river.

Trails are not groomed and are icy, use caution. The tunnel underpass between the River Trail and the Railroad/Sandstone Bluffs trails is ice filled and impassable, please plan your hike accordingly.


Early season rustic camping (no water) will be available at the park beginning March 30, 2018. For earlier options, find cabins or winter camping at nearby William O'Brien or Wild River state parks.

(Updated February 16,2018)

Park Notes

Learn about the geologic formations of the area and the world-famous glacial potholes here: Geology of Interstate State Park This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

The Wildflower Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. is a multi-seasonal guide to the native and non-native flower species found within the park.

Online / Downloadable Walking Tours

Take a 13-minute walking tour of the Glacial Potholes at Interstate State Park This link leads to a video.

Download This link leads to an podcast. this tour in MP4 format (26 MB) to use on your own mobile device.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Gift Cards

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card

Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Interstate State Park

Park Highlights

tree Scenic River Views

tree Canoeing

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Rock Climbing

tree Pothole Viewing


Best time to contact the park:

Spring, Summer & Fall: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. During the winter, contact Wild River State Park at 651-583-2125 to reach staff.


PO Box 254
307 Milltown Road
Taylors Falls, MN 55084

tel: 651-465-5711


Getting There

From the South: Take I-35 north. Take the Taylors Falls Exit, Hwy 8 East. Follow 8 approximately 22 miles. The entrance to the park office is located on the right hand side of the road 1 mile before downtown Taylors Falls.

From the North: Take I-35 south. Take the North Branch Exit, Hwy 95 East. Drive approximately 22 miles, passing through downtown Taylors Falls. At the stoplight, turn right, heading 95 South for approximately 1 mile. Turn left to the park office.

From the East: Take Hwy 8 west into Minnesota. After crossing the St Croix River, continue traveling on Hwy 8/95 South through the first stoplight. After approximately 1 mile turn left to the park office.