Wild River State Park
Wild River State Park is located along 18 miles of the beautiful St. Croix River. The park attracts people who enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, interpretive programs, self-guided trails, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Day visitors can enjoy a leisurely paddle down the St. Croix River from the Sunrise river access to the southern park river access.
The park provides opportunities for semi-modern camping, group camping, equestrian camping, backpack camping, and canoe camping. Visitors who want modern amenities can reserve the guest house which provides a living room, dining room, kitchen, and fireplace. The park also has six camping cabins which include bunkbeds, a table, and benches.
An all-season trail center is a great spot to relax after hiking or cross-country skiing on the 35-mile trail system. A visitor center with exhibits and environmental education programs is open year-round.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Horse Trails Closed
We close trails on November 1 in order to begin the extensive process of preparing trails for ski season. We'll see you again in the spring!
Park is Open; No Hunting at Wild River
Wild River is open for hiking and rustic camping. Wildlife management factors are always considered when evaluating the need for a deer hunt. It was determined a deer hunt was not necessary for herd/resource management this year. Of course, no other hunting is allowed in the park at any time. However, adjacent property owners may be hunting, so it always advisable to wear bright colors during hunting season. For greater safety, hiking in interior portions of the park is also an option. Please ask at the office if you have questions.
Campsite Numbers Changed
Campsites in the main campground have been renumbered (physical site locations are the same). Revised campground map.
Snake River Forest Campground Closing November 25
The Snake River Forest Campground, located east of Pine City will be closed for winter beginning November 25.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Why Visit Wild River State Park?
Listen to a brief overview of park staff and visitors' favorite features and reasons to visit the park. (MP3, 3.25MB)
A Vanished Forest: outdoor exhibit visitors' guide and teaching ideas.
Nevers Dam...The Lumberman's Dam (30 pages, 1 MB) - An illustrated history of a St. Croix River logging era landmark
Geocaching Adventures at the park
Wild River State Park (Way)Points of Interest
Wild River State Park History Cache 1
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 Wild River State Park.
Bird Checklist at Wild River State Park.
2013-2014 Fall and Winter Activities
There are some great programs lined up for this season! Check out our fall and winter events sampler for highlights.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
39797 Park Trail
Center City, MN 55012
Park Naturalist: 651-583-2925
From I-35, take State Highway 95 to County Road 12. Drive 3 miles on County Road 12 to the park entrance.
Do not rely on a GPS unit to find the park's main entrance! GPS units direct you to the geographic center of the park (Sunrise Landing area), not to the main park entrance. Please consult a map or call the office if you need additional driving directions.