Carley State Park Snapshot Tour

Welcome to the Carley State Park virtual tour! Enjoy scenic views of the North Branch of the Whitewater River as it flows through the forested valley. Places to enjoy a picnic, camp or try a bit of fishing abound. We hope it prompts you to visit the park in person sometime soon.


Photo of stepping stones spanning the North Branch of the Whitewater River.
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River Crossing

Nostalgic stepping stones span the North Branch of the Whitewater River and are a favorite among the children and trout fishermen and women who visit Carley State Park.


Photo of a scenic view above the Whitewater River as it flows through the forested valley below.
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Overlook

A wooden overlook offers a scenic view of the North Branch of the Whitewater River as it flows through the forested valley below. Carley State Park has approximately six miles of trails that traverse a wide variety of scenery from valley floors to rock ridges.


Photo of cliffs in the park that are home to glacial remnant species living in the cool microclimate of these slopes.
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River Bluff – Glacial Remnants

The northwest to northeast facing cliffs in the park are home to a rare plant environment known as algific talus slopes. Here, a cold wet microclimate supports a northern plant community uncommon in southern Minnesota. Glacial remnant species, such as Canada yew, cling to existence in the cool microclimate of these slopes.


Photo of concrete stepping blocks, that allow visitors close access to the water.
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River Crossing

River crossings, such as these concrete stepping blocks, allow visitors close access to the water where they may be lucky enough to observe trout surfacing for insects. The North Branch of the Whitewater River is a designated trout stream and provides habitat for brown trout.


Photo of the picnic shelter and several picnic tables that offer an excellent spot to enjoy a meal.
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Picnic Area

The picnic area is a popular gathering place for day use visitors. There is a large open field for groups to utilize, as well as a nearby playground that is accessible for families with young children. A picnic shelter and several picnic tables offer an excellent spot to enjoy a meal or simply to relax.


Photo of a picnic site along the shady North Branch of the Whitewater River.
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Picnic Site

Several picnic sites located in the shade along the river provide a lovely spot to rest.


Photo of a park’s campsite that provide a smooth, level area for tent camping.
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Campground

Many of the park’s campsites have received upgrades including new camping pads that provide a smooth, level area for tent camping. Each of the 20 sites in the campground includes a picnic table and fire ring, with vault toilets located nearby.


Photo of the group camp area which offers several picnic tables, a fire ring, and plenty of room for tents.
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Group Camp

Nostalgic stepping stones span the North Branch of the Whitewater River and are a favorite among the children and trout fishermen and women who visit Carley State Park.


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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.