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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

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.
  • 2016 Camping Season is Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Reservations may be made online stayatmnparks.com or 1-866-857-2757.

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

    (Updated May 6, 2016)

    Park Notes

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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.