Wild River State Park

Trail conditions:

Wild River received around 5" of snow December 2. The Highland Hills loops were groomed 12/11. The Mitigwaki, Old Logging, River, Trillium, and Nevers Dam link trails were groomed 12/10. The classic track set up well. Trails are in good, early season condition. With another round of light snow in the mix for Wednesday night, we will wait to groom other trails until Thursday. All ski trails were rolled and packed last week. Other trails are available for snowshoeing or winter hiking. The entire Sunrise Trail plus the Sunrise and Goose Creek Loops are open for snowshoeing, hiking and back country skiing. The Amik's Pond, Windfall and River Terrace Loops are also available for snowshoeing and hiking. Hikers and snowshoers should stay off ski trails. Our ski and snowshoe concessionaire is in the process of setting up for the season. They plan to be open for rentals on weekends through December, and some other days between 12/25 and 1/1.

Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? partially
Trail base: 3-4"
Trail mileage: 19.0
Difficulty: all levels (track)  all levels (skate)

The trail(s):
The park grooms 19 miles of cross country ski trails, including 6 miles of skate ski trails, and 15 miles of classic trails. The park also maintains 3 miles of combined winter hiking and snowshoe trails. In addition, the park offers 10 miles of backcountry (ungroomed/not packed) trails for snowshoeing, winter hiking and backcountry skiing.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling. The trails traverse through prairie, upland oak savanna and maple basswood forests as well as the bottomland hardwood forests of the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. Hours of operation and the availability of rental equipment may vary depending on snow cover or extreme cold. Please contact Wild River Ski Rental (www.wildriverskirental.com) to confirm that the rental shop will be staffed and equipment will be available.


  • A warming house is available at the Trail Center.
  • Daily ski passes are sold at the park office. Annual ski passes are available on-line.
  • Rentals are available for skis and snowshoes at the Trail Center on weekends.
  • Winter camping is available; contact park for details.

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Last updated on December 11, 2019. Local snow depth is 12".

Getting there

39797 Park Trail
Center City, MN 55012

From I-35, take State Highway 95 to County Road 12. Drive 3 miles on County Road 12 to the park entrance.

Parking available at the trail center.


Phone: (651) 583-2125
Email: [email protected]
Contact hours daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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