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Carley State Park

Beauty and quiet, that is the essence of Carley State Park. In the spring, delicate bluebells (Mertensia virginica), and other wildflowers carpet the valley with a profusion of color. Hike along the trail that follows the Whitewater River and take in the grand old white pines. Listen for the sweet song of orioles, song sparrows, house wrens, and indigo buntings. Enjoy the picnic area, play on the swings or practice softball. Try your hand at horseshoes or sit back and see a red-tailed hawk ride thermals in the sky. The north branch of the Whitewater River is a designated trout stream and provides habitat for brown trout. Rustic campsites are located near the picnic area.

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Visitor Alert!

Carley State Park is open during the winter, however the roads and parking lots will not be plowed. You can park in front of the gate and walk in to snowshoe or cross-country ski. Cross-country ski trails will not be groomed.

For more information: Visit ParkFinder or Winter Activities Guide for an overview of winter recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated Dec. 28, 2015)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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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 Carley State Park.


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Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing/Trout Stream

tree Spring Wildflowers

tree Hiking

tree White Pine Stands

tree Bluebells in May


For information on this park, contact Whitewater State Park at 507-932-3007.


c/o Whitewater State Park
19041 Hwy 74
Altura, MN 55910

tel: 507-932-3007

fax: 507-932-5938

email: carley.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Approximately 15 miles northeast of Rochester, or 4 miles south of Plainview on Wabasha County Road 4.