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Wild River State Park

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Where to go: Getting a view of the St. Croix Valley is best from the Visitor Center Overlook, taking in the hillsides and river. With more leaves down, you can get a pretty good view of the colored oak and aspen tree tops from the Picnic Shelter deck. You can find spots of color anywhere in the park, including a colorful carpet of leaves. There are still some oaks, pines and a few aspens lining the hillsides from the River Access or Nevers Dam Overlook.

What you'll see: A windy Wednesday is sure to take down more leaves this week. Despite the leafless trees, blue skies this weekend should provide a nice backdrop for remaining oak and aspen colors, with pines and other evergreens adding a deep green contrast.

Also of interest: Water has been shut off in the main campground and dump station. Water is available at the main office. The horse campground will be open for camping and riding until November 2.

Last updated: March 27, 2015 

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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.

Do not rely on a GPS unit to find the park's main entrance! 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 if you need additional driving directions.


Phone: 651-583-2125
Park Naturalist: 651-583-2925

Email: wildriver.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.