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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

Fall Road Construction Update

Expect delays on weekends. The segment of Hwy 8 between the park's southern (campground/canoe rental) and northern (potholes) entrances is closed. Please visit MNDOT for detours and current updates.

Coming from the west on Hwy 8 (Twin Cities) to the campground/canoe rental:

Highway 8 is open from the intersection of Tern Ave to the southern entrance of the park (park office, campground and picnic area). Heading East on HWY 8 at the stop sign turn right and enter the new roundabout. continue 3/4 way around and exit on to the new Highway 8 heading East. Southern entrance will be 1.5 miles on right side just in front of the road barricades. Attention campers: A 100 yard section of HWY 8, west of the campground entrance, is down to single lane. Use caution when driving on this section.

Coming from the west on Hwy 8 (Twin Cities) to the glacial potholes area:

From I-35, take HWY 8 east to the town of Shafer, turn LEFT onto Redwing Ave/Cty 21. Follow 1 mile. Take a RIGHT onto 310 Street. Follow this approximately 5 miles into Taylors Falls. Turn RIGHT at the stop lights by the gas station and you'll be across from the park's glacial potholes area.

Coming from the east (WI) to the campground:

Highway 8 leading to the southern entrance of the park (park office, campground and picnic area) is currently closed from the east (Taylors Falls/WI). To access this entrance of the park, follow the detour for HWY 8 WEST/CR 95 SOUTH. Once you cross the bridge into Minnesota, go straight through stop light and stay on 1st street/Co Rd 20/Co Rd 37. Go 2.5 miles and turn left on Tern Ave. At the next stop sign enter the new roundabout and go 3/4 around and turn on to the new HWY 8 EAST. The southern entrance will be 1.5 miles on right side. Attention campers: A 100 yard section of the new HWY 8, west of the campground entrance, is down to single lane. Use caution when driving on this section.

Coming from the east (WI) to glacial potholes: The northern entrance of the park (glacial potholes, visitor center) is open coming from the east.

Seasonal Update

The park office is typically open 9-5 Thursday-Monday and 9-3 Tuesday and Wednesday. The visitor center is open 10-5 on Saturdays and Sundays through October 16. Materials to obtain self-service vehicle permits are available at both the park office and Glacial Potholes self-pay kiosk.

2016 Camping Season

The 2016 camping season is April 1 to October 22, 2016. We encourage you to reserve your site so your location is guaranteed.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated September 27, 2016)

Park Notes

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:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card

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.

Birders:

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


Hours

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.

Contact

PO Box 254
307 Milltown Road
Taylors Falls, MN 55084

tel: 651-465-5711

email: interstate.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

2016 Construction Alert: Please see Visitor Alert above for updated detour routes.

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.