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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.

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

Visitor Alert!

Upper Cedar Campground is available for primitive winter camping.

You may snowshoe or ski anywhere in the park, however we will not be grooming ski trails at this park. Snowshoe rental is available at the Visitor Center.

Visit ParkFinder and the Winter Activities Guide for an overview of winter recreation opportunities available statewide.

(Updated Dec. 4, 2015)

Park Notes

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

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

Flooding history:

Park management plan

Check out the draft management plan amendment for Whitewater State Park.
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Gift cards:

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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 Whitewater State Park.


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


Best time to contact the park:

Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910

tel: 507-932-3007

email: whitewater.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Located 3 miles south of Elba on State Highway 74.