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 & Equestrian Campground Open Now
Wild River's horse trails and equestrian campground opened Friday, April 17. Please note that camping is first-come, first-served until May 1. We are able to open the trails ahead of schedule this year since the frost went out of the ground early, and now that trails have been checked for downed trees and other hazards.
Semi-modern Camping Available Beginning April 24
The outside water spigots, shower buildings and dump station in the regular campground are closed for the season. We anticipate a water on date of April 24, 2015. Camping is allowed year-round, including electric campsites. There are outhouses in the campground. Water is available on the outside of the office building.
Snake River Forest Campground Opening May 1
The Snake River Forest Campground in Chengwatana State Forest will open for the season May 1 (unless extensive grounds and maintenance work is required).
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 to get to the park headquarters and main use area. Take exit #147 from I-35. We are located 15 miles east of North Branch off County Road 12.(Updated April 16, 2015)
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.
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.