Wild River State Park

Trail conditions:

Wild River received about an inch of snow January 23. The Mitigwaki, River, Old Logging, Deer Creek and Highland Hills trails were groomed January 24. Tracks and corduroy are relatively soft, but having the snow tracked or packed is better than loose snow. Depending on how trails set up overnight, and unless you have the capability to wax for conditions, snow may stick to waxless skis, especially when temps are hovering around freezing (32). Skiing earlier in the day should give more glide. We will attempt to groom through the weekend, but warm temps may limit how much grooming we can do. For now we have adequate snow, and fair to good conditions (fair due to soft/sticky snow at times). Other trails are available for snowshoeing or winter hiking. The Amik's Pond, Windfall and River Terrace Loops are available for snowshoeing and hiking. The River Terrace Loop was packed January 18. The entire Sunrise Trail plus the Sunrise and Goose Creek Loops are open for snowshoeing, hiking and back country skiing. Hikers and snowshoers should stay off trails posted for skiing. No portion of any ski trail is open to snowshoeing or hiking, even if no track is set. Our ski and snowshoe concessionaire is open for the season. They are open for rentals on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cold weather or poor conditions may alter rental hours. Please call ahead to confirm if the rental shop is open (651-583-2125, ext. 228 or 651-257-0685). Wild River's Candlelight Night is coming up Saturday, February 8 from 6-9 p.m.

Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 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 January 24, 2020. Local snow depth is 15".

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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