Minnesota State Parks and Trails on Facebook Minnesota State Parks Twitter feed

Interstate State Park

There is so much to do at Interstate State Park, located on the beautiful St. Croix River. Visitors can climb the cliffs of the St. Croix River Dalles, canoe the flat-water, watch kayakers rush through the rapids, or relax on an excursion boat. Spring brings a great diversity of wildflowers and in fall, the St. Croix River Valley forest is ablaze in the autumn colors of red, gold, and orange. The geology that formed this park intrigues visitors, and brings geologists from all over the world. At least 10 different lava flows are exposed in the park, along with two distinct glacial deposits, and traces of old streams valleys and faults. During the summer, hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes that make this park unique.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Winter Update

Park trails are not maintained in winter and are snow and ice covered, caution is advised. Parking is available near the park office.

Vault toilets can be found near the park office, but no restrooms are available near the glacial potholes area.

Vehicle permits are required. If the park office is closed, please use the self-pay envelopes on the side of the office to purchase your permit.

Wild River State Park, 12 miles north, offers ski and snowshoe rental and trails, camping and cabins. William O'Brien State Park, 12 miles south, offers skiing and snowshoeing trails, camping and cabins.

2016 Camping Season

The 2016 camping season is April 1 to October 22, 2016. All campsites may be reserved up to one year in advance. We encourage you to reserve your site so your location is guaranteed. Friday and Saturday reservations fill early.

2016 Road Construction

Portions of Hwy 8, the road that leads to both entrances of the park, will be under construction between April and November of 2016. Check back here for up-to-date detours and details.

(Updated January 29, 2016)

Park Notes

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

Learn about the geologic formations of the area and the world-famous glacial potholes here: Geology of Interstate State ParkThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

The Wildflower ChecklistThis is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. is a multi-seasonal guide to the native and non-native flower species found within the park.

Online / Downloadable Walking Tours

Take a 13-minute walking tour of the Glacial Potholes at Interstate State ParkThis link leads to a video.

DownloadThis link leads to an podcast. this tour in MP4 format (26 MB) to use on your own mobile device.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

Gift Cards:

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card

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 Interstate State Park.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Interstate State Park

Park Highlights

tree Scenic River Views

tree Canoeing

tree Camping

tree Fishing

tree Rock Climbing

tree Pothole Viewing


Best time to contact the park:

Spring, Summer & Fall: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Winter: Hours will vary, please call 651-465-5711 for exact hours. If no one is available, please leave a message.


PO Box 254
307 Milltown Road
Taylors Falls, MN 55084

tel: 651-465-5711

email: interstate.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

From the South: Take I-35 north. Take the Taylors Falls Exit, Hwy 8 East. Follow 8 approximately 22 miles. The entrance to the park office is located on the right hand side of the road 1 mile before downtown Taylors Falls.

From the North: Take I-35 south. Take the North Branch Exit, Hwy 95 East. Drive approximately 22 miles, passing through downtown Taylors Falls. At the stoplight, turn right, heading 95 South for approximately 1 mile. Turn left to the park office.

From the East: Take Hwy 8 west into Minnesota. After crossing the St Croix River, continue traveling on Hwy 8/95 South through the first stoplight. After approximately 1 mile turn left to the park office.