Wild River State Park
Wild River State Park is located along 18 miles of the beautiful St. Croix River. The park attracts people who enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, interpretive programs, self-guided trails, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Day visitors can enjoy a leisurely paddle down the St. Croix River from the Sunrise river access to the southern park river access.
The park provides opportunities for semi-modern camping, group camping, equestrian camping, backpack camping, and canoe camping. Visitors who want modern amenities can reserve the guest house which provides a living room, dining room, kitchen, and fireplace. The park also has six camping cabins which include bunkbeds, a table, and benches.
An all-season trail center is a great spot to relax after hiking or cross-country skiing on the 35-mile trail system. A visitor center with exhibits and environmental education programs is open year-round.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
New! Winter Trip Itinerary
Check out the new one-day winter trip planning guide, designed for beginners or first-time visitors to the park in winter.
Winter Activities Update
The Sunrise and Goose Creek trail segments have been converted to back-country style ski, snowshoe and winter hiking routes. No ski grooming, tracking or packing will occur on these trail segments.
The park will still maintain, groom, pack, or set track on approximately:
19 total miles of cross-country ski trails, including 6 miles of groomed skate ski trails, and 15 miles of classic tracked ski trails.
3 miles of packed hiking/snowshoe trails
You may also snowshoe or hike anywhere in the park except on trails groomed for skiing. Camper cabins and our Guest House are available for rent daily. Drive-in winter camping is available with or without electricity. Backpack sites can be accessed only by ski in the winter. Water is available at the park office.
The park's equestrian campground and trails are closed for the season. Horse trails are scheduled to open on May 1, 2016.
Park grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Pets are allowed on hiking/snowshoe trails only. Be sure to keep your dogs leashed at all times. Please contact the park office with any questions.
Using a GPS Unit to Find the Park?
If you are using a GPS unit to direct you to the park, you must type in the park address (39797 Park Trail, Center City, MN 55012) to get to the park headquarters and main use area. Take exit #147 (Hwy 95) from I-35. We are located 15 miles east of North Branch off County Road 12.
(Updated December 4, 2015)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Why Visit Wild River State Park?
Listen to a brief overview of park staff and visitors' favorite features and reasons to visit the park. (MP3, 3.25MB)
A Vanished Forest: outdoor exhibit visitors' guide and teaching ideas.
Nevers Dam...The Lumberman's Dam (30 pages, 1 MB) - An illustrated history of a St. Croix River logging era landmark
Geocaching Adventures at the park
Wild River State Park (Way)Points of Interest
Wild River State Park History Cache 1
State Forest Campgrounds:
Wild River State Park also manages the Snake River Forest Campground, located in the Chengwatana State Forest, near Pine City, and is open from early May to late November. No reservations are available for this campground. For information on these units, please contact the Wild River State Park office at (651) 583-2125.
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 Wild River State Park.
Bird Checklist at Wild River State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
39797 Park Trail
Center City, MN 55012
Park Naturalist: 651-583-2925
From I-35, take State Highway 95 to County Road 12. Drive 3 miles on County Road 12 to the park entrance.
Do not rely on a GPS unit to find the park's main entrance! GPS units direct you to the geographic center of the park (Sunrise Landing area), not to the main park entrance. Please consult a map or call the office if you need additional driving directions.