Wild River State Park
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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.
Caution: Road Construction
The DOT has begun a road resurfacing project on Highway 95, beginning in Taylors Falls and extending past the park to approximately 7 miles east of North Branch. Traffic to the park will be detoured at times so visitors should watch for signs and follow the detour. This construction is expected to last until August 2013.
Campsite Numbers Changed
Wild River State Park has changed the numbering convention for sites in its main campground. Physical site locations remain the same, but the sites are now listed by number only. View a campground map with the revised numbering system at the following address: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/state_parks/spk00254_camp.pdf
Horse Trails Open May 1
The horse trails and campground are open for the season.
Snake River Forest Campground Open
The Snake River Forest Campground, located east of Pine City, is open for the season.
Do not rely on a GPS unit to find the main entrance/office at Wild River. 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 for driving directions.
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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 St. Croix Puzzlecache
Wild River State Park (Way)Points of Interest
Wild River State Park History Cache 1
Bird Checklist at Wild River State Park.
Firewood Restrictions Information
2013 Spring and Summer Activities
There are some great programs lined up for this summer! Check out our summer sampler for highlights.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
39797 Park Trail
Center City, MN 55012
tel: 651-583-2125 Park Naturalist: 651-583-2925
From I-35, take State Highway 95 to County Road 12. Drive 3 miles on County Road 12 to park entrance.