Crow Wing State Park
This is a nature lover's delight. Explore prairie, pine, and hardwood forests. View the Mississippi River from historic and picturesque "Chippewa Lookout." Novice canoeists can paddle the calm waters of the Crow Wing and Mississippi Rivers. Crow Wing is a park rich in cultural history. In this area, a frontier town emerged to serve the needs of travelers and traders. The town died when the railroad chose to cross the river at Brainerd. Walk through the site of the Old Crow Wing Village for a sense of history. The park still has a section of the famous Woods Trail, which served ox cart traffic that carried supplies between St. Paul and the Red River settlements.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Geocaching: A Minnesota Mystery
The Brainerd Public Library has teamed up with us on a unique reading and geocaching adventure for kids. Two archaeologists have written a story titled Where Are We Now? Time Travelers at Old Crow Wing. You can read the first chapter at the Brainerd Public Library, but the other chapters have been in hidden in different locations around Crow Wing State 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 Crow Wing State Park.
Bird Checklist at Crow Wing State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
3124 State Park Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
From Brainerd go 9 miles south on U.S. Highway 371. Then west at County Road 27 for one mile to the park office.