Wild River State Park39797 Park Trail
Center City, MN 55012
Take State Hwy 95 to Co Rd 12. From I-35, East 11 mi on Hwy 95, North 3 mi on Co Rd 12 to park entrance.Get Directions
The beautiful St Croix River is one of the eight original National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Eagles, woodcock, ruffed grouse, bluebirds, beaver and otter are just a few of the species that abound in the park. The visitor center highlights the natural resources and cultural history of the area. An all-season trail center is the focal point for the park's 35 mile trail system. Semi modern and rustic camping available. Naturalist programs available year-round. 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, backpack camping, canoe camping, and walk-in 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.
Hours & DatesPark permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
Book an online reservation 24 hours a day.
Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. D
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
- Open in summer
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Children's programs (scheduled, supervised)
- Evening entertainment (regularly scheduled)
- Located on a lake or river
- Bike trail
- Canoes or kayaks available
- Cross-country ski rental
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Hiking trail
- Lake/river access (boat ramp)
- Snowshoes available
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Transportation-related policies or programs
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Number of camping cabins: 2
- Number of camping cabins available in winter: 2
- Number of sites in horseback camp area: 20
- Number of tent-only sites: 16
- Number of tent-only sites available in winter: 16
- Total number of campsites: 112
- Total number of campsites available in winter: 35
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hookups available in winter
- Hot showers in campground
- Lodge/central building
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Pull-through sites
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
The park has great trails. have to be little bit careful particularly if you are going towards deer loop and late evening. we encountered few animals , most probably wolves , didnot do any harm but...
— manishsZ9718NM, October 9, 2022
Loved the park itself! Camping experience was great at first but turned south after interacting with Park Manager Kris Backlund and her associates. Over Memorial Day Weekend, my significant other and...
— jhels011, June 21, 2022
For early spring RV camping and a great place to take long hikes along the St. Croix River, Wild River State Park fits the bill. The RV camp sites were well spaced and mostly private. The park...
— larrynK4179ZD, April 24, 2022
Lots of great hiking trails with some both up in the hills and along the river. We did the Walter F. Mondale River Trail and the Old Logging Trail - all told about 5 miles. A fantastic view from the...
— 874AndrewE, October 4, 2021
Take note: the hike-in campsites at Wild River State Park do NOT have any nearby access to drinking water, not even a stream or lake at which to fill a filter. You must pack in all your water. The...
— bnt789, August 2, 2021