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!


The glacial potholes parking lot fills early on sunny fall weekends. If you plan to hike, we strongly recommend parking at the park's southern entrance (campground entrance) and walking the 1.25-mile River Trail to the potholes.


Interstate State Park campground showers will be closed for the rest of the 2015 camping season. Camping prices are reduced by $3 per night. Those with reservations can cancel or change their reservation at no cost by calling the reservation hotline at 866-857-2757.

The last night to camp at this park in 2015 is the evening of Saturday, October 17. All campsites may be reserved one year in advance. We encourage you to reserve your site so your location is guaranteed.

Seasonal Update

The glacial potholes area visitor center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October 18. When not open, please use the self-pay station to purchase a vehicle permit. Permits are $5 for a day pass or $25 for an annual.

(Updated October 3, 2015)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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

The Wildflower ChecklistThis 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 ParkThis link leads to a video.

DownloadThis 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:

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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 Interstate State Park.


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.

Winter: Hours will vary, please call 651-465-5711 for exact hours. If no one is available, please leave a message.


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.