Whitewater State Park

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Whitewater State Park


Picturesque limestone bluffs and deep ravines make Whitewater a very popular southeastern state park. The 2,700 acre park is an angler's paradise with brown, brook, and rainbow trout swimming in the spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek. Visitors enjoy a sandy swimming beach, a year-round visitor center, easy-to-challenging hiking trails, camping, a group camp, and a modern group center. Come in the winter to enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and stay at the group center in rustic, winterized cabins. All through the year, discover the natural and human history of the area at one of the many interpretive programs, visitor center exhibits or self-guided trails.

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Visitor Alert

Visitor Center Closed Thanksgiving Day

Whitewater State Park Visitor Center will be closed November 23, Thanksgiving Day. The park is open for hiking, fishing (catch and release) or camping with reservations being made online. Vehicle Permits may be purchased using the self-registration in the entry way of the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center will reopen 9:00 a.m. Friday, November 24th.

Free Admission Day Friday, November 24

All Minnesota State Parks are offering free admission day on Friday, November 24 for all day use visitors. Enjoy Minnesota State Parks.

The Minneiska new campground This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it., located across Highway 74, is now open and available for reservations.

Shower buildings and bathrooms are closed for the season. Water is available year round at a pump near the Visitor Center.

Campsite reservations

All campsites at this park require reservations for arrivals between April 1 and October 31. Same-day reservations are available. Learn more.

For more information: Visit ParkFinder or State Parks Events Calendar for an overview of seasonal recreation opportunities available statewide.

NEW phone number

Whitewater State Park's new phone number is 507-312-2300.

(Updated November 21, 2017)

Park Notes

Oral History Project

In preparation for the park's 100th anniversary in 2019, park naturalists are collecting stories and memories about the park for an Oral History Project. Want to add yours? Please use these instructions. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Things to see and do at the park:

Need ideas? Here's park staff's list of top stops at the park! Brought to you by the Whitewater State Park naturalist. Meet the naturalist.

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

River & fishing resources:

Whitewater Stream Conditions

SE Minnesota Trout Streams

Flooding history:

Friends Group:

The Whitewater State Park group is active again and seeking new members! Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in supporting Whitewater State Park through park improvement projects and volunteer activities. Call the park at 507-932-3007 for membership information.

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 Whitewater State Park.

Birders:

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

Park Highlights

tree Rugged Hiking Trails to Scenic Bluffland

tree Noticeable Lack of Mosquitoes

tree Excellent Trout Fishing summer and winter

tree Year-round Interpretive Programs

tree Visitor Center

tree Spectacular Spring Wildflowers


Hours

Hours may vary. Office is generally open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Winter hours:
7 days a week, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Contact

19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910

tel: 507-312-2300

email: whitewater.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74.