Trail Snow Report

Wild River State Park

Trail conditions:

Wild River has succumbed to the snow grinch once again. No significant snow this season coupled with thawing, refreezing and more drizzle has left the trails pretty icy. For now, trails are open again to hiking, however, traction devices are recommended for safety. Once any kind of trail grooming resumes, hiking and snowshoeing will be available on designated trails only. Please read posted signs carefully or ask at the office for more information. Ski and snowshoe rental is available at the park when there is suitable snow cover.
We are hoping for snow, and invite you to join us for our annual Candlelight Night Saturday, February 9. This fun event for all ages features trails lit by luminaries for walking, skiing and snowshoeing. Music, refreshments, and stargazing are offered, along with a mini-bonfire at the Visitor Center, and our giant prairie bonfire. Reservations are encouraged for ski or snowshoe rental.

Trail conditions: closed
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 0.5"
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 ( 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 11, 2019. Local snow depth is 1.5".

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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