Whitewater State Park

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Whitewater State Park

Picturesque limestone bluffs and deep ravines make Whitewater a very popular southeastern state park. The 2,700 acre park is an angler's paradise with brown, brook, and rainbow trout swimming in the spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek. Visitors enjoy a sandy swimming beach, a year-round visitor center, easy-to-challenging hiking trails, camping, a group camp, and a modern group center. Come in the winter to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and stay at the group center in rustic, winterized cabins. All through the year, discover the natural and human history of the area at one of the many interpretive programs, visitor center exhibits or self-guided trails.

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

Visitor Alert

The Gooseberry Campground is closed for stream rehab work.

Road Construction Monday, October 24- Thursday, November 3

MnDOT will be closing Hwy 74 to through traffic in the vicinity of Whitewater State Park. There will be road construction/soil boring taking place on Hwy 74 through the park. Traffic will be detoured onto County Road 39 when traveling to Whitewater State Park. Find a different route traveling through the park from Monday, October 24 through Thursday, November 3.


There will be minor construction Monday through Saturday, ending on October 31. You may notice some construction noise. Please avoid construction areas.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park require reservations for arrivals between April 1 and October 31.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • Learn more.

For more information: Visit ParkFinder or Winter Activities Guide for an overview of winter recreation opportunities available statewide.

Water and shower buildings have been shut down for the remainder of the 2016 camping season. Water will be turned back on, mid April, 2017. Water is available near the flag pole at the Visitor Center.

(Updated October 24, 2016)

Park Notes

Things to see and do at the park:

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park! Brought to you by the Whitewater State Park naturalist. Meet the naturalist.

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

River & fishing resources:

Whitewater Stream Conditions

SE Minnesota Trout Streams

Flooding history:

Park management plan

Check out the draft management plan amendment for Whitewater State Park.
Learn more.

Friends Group:

The Whitewater State Park group is active again and seeking new members! Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in supporting Whitewater State Park through park improvement projects and volunteer activities. Call the park at 507-932-3007 for membership information.

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 Whitewater State Park.


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

Park Highlights

tree Rugged Hiking Trails to Scenic Bluffland

tree Noticeable Lack of Mosquitoes

tree Excellent Trout Fishing summer and winter

tree Year-round Interpretive Programs

tree Visitor Center

tree Spectacular Spring Wildflowers


Winter, spring and fall hours may vary. Office is generally open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Winter hours:
7 days a week, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910

tel: 507-932-3007

email: whitewater.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74.