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.
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ALL INTERSTATE STATE PARK CAMPSITES ARE NOW RESERVABLE!
We encourage you to reserve your campsite in advance so your campsite is guaranteed. Any site not reserved is available for drop in camping for one night only. If additional nights are desired, check at the park office in the morning for availability. Campers may use self-registration envelopes if the park office is closed. All campsites may be reserved one year in advance.
The park's campground will re-open April 25, 2014. Water will be turned on that day as well.
The Glacial Potholes Area parking lot is now open. Please use the self-pay station to purchase a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit if needed.
The park office at the south entrance of the park is typically open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., though hours may vary. Call 651-465-5711 with questions about Interstate State Park.
FloodingThe park boat landing is under water as is the riverside access to climbing areas. Visitors should use caution when near the river due to flow and cold 35 degree water. Also, the spur from campground to the river trail is flooded.
The park trails are currently covered with a foot of snow and are slippery, use caution if hiking. The trail tunnel that goes under Hwy 8 behind the park office is ice filled and closed, please plan your hike accordingly. The Bake Oven pothole is closed due to ice.
Updated April 17, 2014
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 Park
The Wildflower Checklist is a multi-seasonal guide to the native and non-native flower species found within the park.
Online / Downloadable Walking Tours
Download this tour in MP4 format (26 MB) to use on your own mobile device.
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 at Interstate State Park
Best time to contact the park:
Spring, Summer & Fall: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter: Typically weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but hours will vary. If no one is available, please leave a message.
PO Box 254
307 Milltown Road
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
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.