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Interstate State Park
  3 Stars (3 Ratings)
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      Taylors Falls, Minnesota 55084
  United States
  (651) 465-5711
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Description

There is so much to do at Interstate State Park along the beautiful St. Croix River. Explore unique geology and stunning cliff-top views, hike trails through diverse habitat, canoe or kayak, or relax on an excursion boat. The park is also a popular destination for rock climbers. Visit in spring for trails lined with wildflowers. Come in fall for picturesque valley views. Experience the park's glacial potholes during any season. These impressive holes were carved into the rock by swirling sand and water thousands of years ago.

Wildlife
The diverse habitat in the park is home to white-tailed deer, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, reptiles, amphibians and over 200 bird species. The St. Croix River borders the park and supports numerous fish and mussel species.

History
In the late 1800s, the threat of mining prompted citizens from Minnesota and Wisconsin to preserve the Dalles of the St. Croix River. Working together, the first interstate (Minnesota and Wisconsin) park in the nation was established. The Minnesota Legislature established this side of the park in 1895 and the Wisconsin Legislature followed in 1900. Today, the Minnesota and Wisconsin state parks operate separately and offer trails and scenic views along the St. Croix River.

Geology
About 1.1 billion years ago, earthquakes erupted from Taylors Falls to Lake Superior and caused at least 10 different lava flows. The hardened basalt rock from these lava flows partly formed the Dalles of the St. Croix and the bottom of the river. From 530 million years ago up until 70 million years ago, the state was washed by advancing and retreating seas. Evidence of these ancient seas is revealed in the sedimentary rocks and formations found in the park. These rocks contain fossil remains of ancient animals, evidence of various creatures, and ripple marks left in stone by the now vanished seas.

There have been many different St. Croix Valleys through the ages. The first formed about 70 million years ago and current valley formed about 10,000 years ago. A glacier formed both Glacial Lake Duluth, now Lake Superior, and Glacial Lake Grantsburg, now extinct. Glacial Lake Duluth was much larger than modern day Lake Superior. As this giant body of ice thawed, its meltwaters roared south to carve out the broad valley of the St. Croix. Only very resistant basalts were able to partially withstand the torrent, resulted in the dalles, potholes, and cliffs we see today.

Landscape
The park's diverse landscape includes floodplains and maple, oak and pine forests. Though small in size, the park is a haven for rare and endangered species.

Park Stats
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Brenda R.
4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
  Interstate Park review
Reviewed on September 7th, 2023
I've probably left a review before, but I find it funny that this park has 3 stars and it is full every weekend. I love this campground and all that Taylor's Falls and across the river has to offer. The bathrooms are in horrible 1940's condition and usually one shower is always broken. I wish there was a cut through to bathroom, so you don't have to walk around the entire campground. Self-contained is best if you can onboard water. Non-river front campsites are larger and more spacious, but you can't beat the river view.
Unknown
3 Star Rating3.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
The park is split into two areas. There is the picnic and campground area, and further north up the highway is the hiking and scenic area. The campground is a single loop and is close to the river. However, the sites felt very cramped with nothing really seperating you from your neighbor. The picnic area is really nice. As for the trails further north, it has some really beautiful scenery of the St. Croix river. Some trails through the rocky areas make it fun. There are a lot of potholes that were formed by glaciers. We were surprised at how many people were there rock climbing. I would give the campground 2 stars, but the tourist area 4 stars. So I'll give it a 3 overall.
Unknown
3 Star Rating3.0 out of 5 stars
  Wisconsin Side is Better
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
I've camped at Interstate a few times now. There is a lot to see and do here, which is why I love it! The campground itself is definitely not as private as we like, however. There are a couple of more private sites, but they're tough to get. They're very strict about alcohol on the sites, so be very careful or you might get booted! Overall, it's a nice place to stay, but if you're looking for more privacy, go to the Wisconsin campground!
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