Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

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From Explore MN Tourism

Seasonal Update

Water: Outside access to water is found at the frost-free hydrant east of the Visitor Center and inside the VC during business hours.

Drinking Water: Drinking water is available in the Visitor Center during office hours or at the frost-free hydrant east of the Visitor Center.

Bathroom Facilities: Vault toilets are available in the picnic and campground area.

Showers: The shower building is closed for the season, opening May 6.

Dump Station: The dump station will open May 6, 2017.


Campgrounds: Opening again April 1, 2017 under rustic conditions. All sites are reservable in 2017. Electric sites $31 and non-electric at $23 per night. Reservations can be made 365 days in advance especially for holidays and weekends in the spring, summer and fall season.

Electric Sites: Park has 27 (30 amp) electric sites.

Special Notes for RV Campers: Electric hook-ups are 30 amp.


Contact Notes: Best time to contact the park in the fall, winter and early spring:

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday - Friday, variable depending on staff availability. If no one is available, please leave a message.

When office is closed, please use the self-registration station at the front of the office to purchase daily and annual permits. Annual permits purchased through self-registration will be mailed to you.


Trail Notes: Trails will be wet in areas due to the numerous springs and seeps. Trees will be cleared when staff return for the season.

Season Rentals: The picnic shelter and Amphitheater are available to rent for $45/day Shelter reservations are nonrefundable. Call the park office for details.

Naturalist Programs and Park Tours: Roving Naturalists available on the Hidden Falls Boardwalk Sat. & Sun. April 15, 16, 22, 23,26,30,May 6, 7, 13, 14. Tree SElection, Planting & Care April 23, 2 p.m. in Visitor Center, Geocaching: available for park geocache locations (with check-out GPS during office hours).