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Crow Wing State Park
  3.5 Stars (4 Ratings)
  3124 State Park Road
      Brainerd, Minnesota 56401
  United States
  (218) 825-3075
  Unknown
Description

This is a nature lover's delight. Explore prairie, pine, and hardwood forests. View the Mississippi River from historic and picturesque 'Chippewa Lookout.' Novice canoeists can paddle the calm waters of the Crow Wing and Mississippi Rivers. Crow Wing is a park rich in cultural history. In this area, a frontier town emerged to serve the needs of travelers and traders. The town died when the railroad chose to cross the river at Brainerd. Walk through the site of the Old Crow Wing Village for a sense of history. The park still has a section of the famous Woods Trail, which served ox cart traffic that carried supplies between St. Paul and the Red River settlements.

Wildlife
Park visitors enjoy seeing white-tailed deer browsing at the forest edge; beaver, muskrat, and waterfowl in the wetlands and waterways; and eagles and hawks flying along the riverway. The careful observer may catch a glimpse of a coyote or fox, while the ever-present songbirds add something special to a family outing.

History
A 1957 archeological investigation uncovered many of the old town site foundations. This spurred a push to preserve the site, and Crow Wing State Park was officially established in 1959. Both the town and the park were named Crow Wing for their location at the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers.

Geology
Crow Wing is located in the far northwestern corner of the Anoka Sand Plains region. This region was formed by the drainage of the glacial Lake Grantsburg. As the lake drained, the meltwaters formed a series of coalescing outwash plains wherever the ice exposed low ground. In this way, the vast sandplain was formed, also receiving water from the diverted Mississippi River. Small lake plains were formed here, in addition to the outwash plains of Lake Grantsburg.

Landscape
Original vegetation included oak forests and barrens interspersed with pine and prairie openings. Conifer bogs and wet prairies occupied the depressions in the region's landscape. Today, visitors experience an oak forest, aspen, jack, red pine, white pine, prairies, and wetlands.

Park Stats
Campgrounds: 2 Campsites: 61
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From Brainerd go 9 miles south on U.S. Highway 371. Then west at County Road 27 for one mile to the park office.
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Jeff P.
3 Star Rating3.0 out of 5 stars
  Not Bad
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
I was excited to find there were trails and remnants of a town in the woods from days gone by. Bring your imagination though because most of it was just signs mentioning what was probably there a long time ago. They do have a board walk and 1 old house for you to look at. Camp Ripley is near by and we knew it. There was constant gun fire all day and night until 11pm. At times we felt like we were camping near a war zone. hehe Some nice hiking trails along the river were nice, and they had a musician in the amphitheater which was fun.
Unknown
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
  Nice trails
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
We visited the park in October of 2016. The trails are wide and easy to navigate for all ability levels. Lots of historical markers and information to be found along the trails with views of the river.
Unknown
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
  Enjoyed it
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
We stayed here June 2018 at site 43. Not the most level for our small camper but we made it work. The site was plenty big with a couple really nice spots for tents. The trails were great, very easy walking. LOTS of mosquitos everywhere. Will be visiting again.
Unknown
3 Star Rating3.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
This is a nice quiet park. We have stayed here several times while visiting family in Brainerd. Lots of hiking trails along the rivers. Some of the sites especially in the middle of the loops are cramped with no privacy. We liked sites 40-46 best because they are the most private.
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