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.
Water levels are dropping on the St. Croix River, but the river remains high with a strong current and additional hazards. Water accesses are open on the St. Croix River, but boaters should exercise extra caution. You will find some wet spots and muddy areas on sections of hiking and equestrian trails located by the river, but all park trails are open. Wild River does not have a swimming area. Please inquire at the park office for information on river levels, trail conditions, and swimming beaches in the local area.
2016 Reservations Changes
Be Wildlife Wise
Wild River is a natural place, so campers are encouraged to take precautions to ensure that unwelcome "guests" like raccoons, bears, squirrels and other wildlife are not attracted to their campsites. This is especially important for backpack campers. Bear sightings in particular have become more frequent. Being wildlife wise benefits all campers, and helps keep wildlife wild. Please inquire at the office with any questions or concerns.
Canoe Rental Unavailable this Season
There will not be a canoe concession in place at the park this season. The park office can provide information on canoe trips and outfitters near the park. The trip from the Sunrise landing to the main boat landing makes a great trip if you have your own watercraft. Also, our naturalist periodically offers guided canoe trips. Check out the naturalist schedule for more information.
Using a GPS Unit to Find the Park?
If you are using a GPS unit to direct you to the park, you must type in the park address (39797 Park Trail, Center City, MN 55012) to get to the park headquarters and main use area. Take exit #147 (Hwy 95) from I-35. We are located 15 miles east of North Branch off County Road 12.
(Updated July 22, 2016)
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
State Forest Campgrounds:
Wild River State Park also manages the Snake River Forest Campground, located in the Chengwatana State Forest, near Pine City, and is open from early May to late November. No reservations are available for this campground. For information on these units, please contact the Wild River State Park office at (651) 583-2125.
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.
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.