Whitewater State Park

In the area

From Explore MN Tourism

Programs & Services

Park Office

North End of Park

Located at Whitewater Valley Visitor Center.

Visitor Center

Whitewater Valley Visitor Center

The Center has three public use areas including a Trail Center, Auditorium, and Interpretive Exhibits.

Interpretive Exhibit

Visitor Center

The Center features an exhibit on land use in the Whitewater Valley and a watershed exhibit with brook, brown and rainbow trout. Nearby is Elba Fire Tower with exhibits.

Naturalist Programs


A variety of programs from rattlesnakes to caves to fossils are offered year-round. In addition, arrangements for school and group programs can be made by calling the park at 507-312-2300.

Historic Site

Elba Fire Tower & CCC/WPA-built structures

The Elba Fire Tower is located just east of town of the town of Elba about 2 miles from the park. Also be sure to see the CCC/WPA built historic structures in park. Ask for a brochure.

Gift Shop

1/2 Mile South of the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center on Hwy 74

Nature Store carries a variety of products including gift items, park specific shirts, mugs, hats, books, cameras, film and camper amenities. Contact park office for Nature Store hours. Open mid-April to mid-October.


Within 3-8 Miles

Groceries available in towns of Elba and St. Charles.



Available at Visitor Center during office hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during winter season.


At Visitor Center

Available year-round.

Ice Sales

Visitor Center

Available April to October.


Within 3-8 Miles

Restaurants available in towns of Elba, Altura and St. Charles.

Public Phones

3 Phones

Public Phones are available at the Visitor Center, swimming beach and Modern Group Center. These phones may be used to make reservations, 911 or local calls. A calling card may be used for long distance. Visitor Center and Modern Group Center phones are wheelchair accessible.


Geocaching Demo Park

Geocaching: Bring your own GPS unit or use one of the park's hand-held units for free. As time permits, park staff will be available to give you helpful tips and geocaching information.