William O'Brien State Park
A great "get away" park only one hour from the Twin Cities, William O'Brien provides a beautiful setting for quality recreation along the banks of the St. Croix River. Hiking trails offer quiet exploration of the park's rolling, wooded hills. For anglers, the channels of the St. Croix have northerns, walleye, bass and trout. Ideal for canoeing, the river is also a migratory pathway that offers visitors an exciting diversity of sights and sounds. In the winter, snowshoeing, skiing and camping attract enthusiasts.
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Ski Trails Update, November 25, 2014
The warmer temperatures over the weekend caused a considerable amount of snow to melt on the ski trails. The recent cooler temperatures caused icy conditions to develop on the ski trails, which lowers the ski conditions to very poor conditions. There is not enough snow to set a classic track. We will keep you updated as we get more snowfall and are able to groom the ski trails again.
Starting Thursday, January 1, 2015, all campsites at William O'Brien State Park will be reservable! We encourage you to reserve your campsite in advance. Any site not reserved is available for drop in camping for one night only. Use self-registration if park staff is unavailable. If additional nights are desired, check with park staff for availability.
Last updated November 20, 2014
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Things to see and do at the park:
Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park!
*New* Paddle Boards are available to rent for paddling on Lake Alice.
Equipment for Outdoor Fun: Use the park's free equipment, and spend more time outdoors! GPS units, fishing poles and tackle boxes, birding kits, horseshoes, volleyballs, soccer balls and bocce balls are available to both our overnight and day use visitors. Adults can check out equipment from the park office.
The park has three year-round camper cabins and one seasonal cabin (available April through October). One year-round camper cabin is accessible, and all four have electricity.
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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 William O'Brien State Park.
Bird Checklist at William O'Brien State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Spring, Summer & Fall: Daily starting at 8 AM. If no one is available, please leave a message and we will get back to you.
Winter: Hours will vary. If no one is available, please leave a message.
16821 O'Brien Trail North
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
The park is located 12 miles north of Stillwater, just north of the town of Marine on St. Croix. The park entrance is located right on State Highway 95. After turning onto the park road the ranger station is immediately on your right.