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.

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

Visitor Alert

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.

Winter season

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

NEW phone number

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

(Updated December 26, 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

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 507-312-2300 for membership information.

Gift Cards

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


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 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.


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.