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Wild River State Park
  4.5 Stars (4 Ratings)
  39797 Park Trail
      Center City, Minnesota 55012
  United States
  (651) 583-2125
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Description

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.

Wildlife
Wild River provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Hawks, owls, eagles, and a diversity of songbirds are common. The tracks of beaver, raccoon, fox, coyote, otter, mink, and deer are often seen in the soft earth or snow. Northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass are found in the St. Croix River. Squirrels and other small mammals thrive in oak forests and savannas. Prairie restoration sites are increasingly used by meadowlarks and grassland sparrows.

History
The St. Croix River Valley was first occupied by nomadic people 6,000 years ago. For thousands of years, the valley was home for the Dakota and Ojibwe Indians. Samuel's Fur Post and Connor's Goose Creek Post were active in 1847. After Minnesota became a territory in 1849, a military road was constructed through the park. It was part of the route from Hastings to Lake Superior and a portion of it is still evident today. The towns of Sunrise and Amador were founded in the 1850s. The great white pine logging era resulted in the building of Nevers Dam in 1890. The dam operated until 1912. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.. The park was established to protect the natural and cultural resources and to provide recreational opportunities along the St. Croix River. The park's name 'Wild River' is derived from the fact that the St. Croix River was one of the original eight rivers protected by the U.S. Congress through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Nearly 5,000 of the park's total 6,803 acres were donated by Northern States Power Company.

Geology
Wild River's varied landscape was created by the events of the last Ice Age. Over one million years ago, glaciers up to a mile in depth moved into the region. Ten thousand years ago the melting of the last glacier formed both the Duluth and Grantsburg Glacial Lakes. These lakes supplied the water power that created the present St. Croix River Valley.

Landscape
Wild River State Park lies within the Anoka Sand Plain and Mille Lacs Uplands subsections. This region is on the southern edge of the transition zone of pine forest, hardwood forest, and oak savanna. Once covered by Glacial Lake Grantsburg, this area today is a smooth and sandy plain. The few ridges may represent islands that stood above the lake level. Prescribed burns are conducted annually to better manage and restore oak savanna and prairie areas.

Park Stats
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Unknown
5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
  Great Camping so close to the Metro
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
We spent a quick weekend at Wild River and will definitely be back. The campsites are all mostly private - even the electric ones! Lots of trails. The walk to the river is fun. Probably our new favorite of the ones near the Cities along the St Croix.
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5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
  Great all around!
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
A wonderful park and campground less than 2hrs from Minneapolis! The campgrounds were nicely separated from each other by trees, so it felt a little more secluded. That was particularly nice for keeping the dogs from barking too much. The restrooms were also really clean and well maintained. Trails and canoe/kayak rental options were wonderful as well! Would definitely come back again!
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5 Star Rating5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
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4 Star Rating4.0 out of 5 stars
  Great camping and hiking
Reviewed on June 19th, 2020
I love Wild River. Campsites are mostly private, albeit a huge campground. Hiking is plentiful, but stay off the horse trails unless you want to be ankle-deep in sand and, well...you know. Be sure to hike down to the river. There is an awesome sandbar where you can have a great picnic lunch. Bathroom and shower facilities could use an upgrade. Nature center is nice and there's an awesome open field with seating to view the stars or Northern Lights, if you're lucky. Great state park and one to put on your list.
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