See beginning of our article on St. Croix Interstate National Park here.
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Recreational and Camping Facilities and Attractions
The parks are open all year. In the winter on the Wisconsin side there are 12 miles of cross-country skiing/snowshoeing trails; on the Minnesota side no x-c trails but they do offer some snowshoeing trails. Other times of the year Wisconsin offers 12 hiking trails totaling about 8 miles, whereas the Minnesota side has 6 trails, some of which include very unique geological formations. The parks are most popular in the summer offering rock climbing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, swimming, and camping. The Wisconsin side has the largest campground sites (2 areas) but the Minnesota side is the only campground offering RV hookups. RV users on the Wisconsin side will need to “dry camp” but there is a dump station near the ice age center. See our links at the bottom of the page for maps and other information on recreational and educational attractions offered by the Interstate Parks.
The unique dalles, potholes, and cliffs are the result of several earthquakes and lava flows occuring over eons combined with the thawing, about 10, 000 years ago, of Glacial Lake Duluth. When its massive ice dam (located south of the current city of Superior, Wisconsin near Solon Springs) broke the meltwaters carved out the current St. Croix River valley. Only very resistant basalts from the lava flows were able to partially withstand the torrent and the unique geological formations were the result.
The original waterfalls and rapids which were the original St. Croix Falls are now buried underneath the “lake” created by the St. Croix Hydroelectric Dam located about one half mile north of the bridge. Above the dam the river is wider, more quiet, and lake-like. Below the dam the river runs faster with some rapids.
The outstanding scenery and geological formations led to a joint effort by Wisconsin and Minnesota to preserve the area for the use of the public. Established between 1895 and 1900 it was the nations first cooperative park established by two states. Because the St. Croix River, which divides the two state parks, is part of the National Wild and Scenic River system and the park is also part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve recreation passes of the National Park Service are honored at Interstate Park. Also each state honors the annual and day pass stickers of the other state. Staying at the northside Wisconsin campground it is only a short hike to the bride to walk across to the nature and hiking trails on the Minnesota side or to downtown Taylor Falls for that matter. If you stay at the Minnesota campground, you may need to drive your car to visit the Wisconsin side as it is a 1.5 mile hike just to get to the bridge.
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Recreation & Visitor Links
|Minnesota Interstate Park Website
Mn park facility map
Campground map –
|Wisconsin Interstate Park Website
Wi Park Facility & Hiking Trail Map
North Campground Map
South Campground Map
Camping, Canoeing, and Kayaking on the St. Croix Wild and Scenic River
If you are interested in canoeing or kayaking the St. Croix check out the park service’s Plan Your Visit page.
There they offer maps, tips, and resources on doing both day and multi-day trips on the river. Camping along the St. Croix River is only allowed in designated campsites. Most campsites are only accessible from the river by canoe or kayak and have a primitive toilet and a steel fire ring. St. Croix National Scenic River Website
See our National Parks Resource page for more ScenicPathways National Parks profiles.