Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
Yes
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Saint Croix State Park is the largest park in Minnesota’s state park system at over 34,000 acres. The entrance to Saint Croix State Park is located 15 miles east of Hinckley, Minnesota. The Saint Croix River forms the southeastern border of the park and the Kettle River is found in the western portion of the park. These rivers offer canoeing, fishing, and kayaking for visitors.

Most areas of the park were once heavily wooded, but a devastating storm on July 1st, 2011 produced straight-line winds that topped 100 miles per hour which toppled thousands of trees, so a large area of the park is now quite open.

This park has an extensive trail system with 127 miles of hiking trails, 21 miles of mountain bike trails, and a 5.5 mile long paved bike trail. There are also 75 miles of trails available for horseback riding. In the winter there are 11 miles of cross country ski trails and 80 miles of snowmobile trails.

Other popular activities at the park include climbing a fire tower and swimming at Lake Clayton.

Saint Croix State Park offers a broad array of camping and lodging opportunities. There are 3 drive-in campgrounds within easy walking distance of the Saint Croix River. These campgrounds have a total of 211 sites, 71 of which have electric hookups. There are eight group campsites, 10 canoe sites, and two backpack campsites at the park. An equestrian campground is available with 40 sites; 19 of those having electricity. In addition, there are six cabins and two guesthouses available for rent.

A link to the Minnesota DNR website for St. Croix Lake State Park can be found here.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Large park. Many recreation opportunities.

Cons

Mosquitoes.

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Backcountry camping
Historically significant
Wildlife
Lodging
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Rental facilities
Shelters
Fishing
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Bird watching
Volleyball
Potable water
Bicycling
Horseback riding
Wildflowers

Location

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