Wild River State Park is located in the state of Minnesota, stretching along 18 miles of the beautiful St. Croix River. Located in Center City, the park is very close to the Bloomington -Twin Cities metro area and Chisago City, making a visit here the perfect state park RV camping trip. Ideal for hiking, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, the park offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities to immerse outdoor enthusiasts in. For those without their own rig, an RV rental in Chisago County make it easy to explore the park and its surrounding areas.
Historically, the state park has shown signs of habitation for over 5000 years, with archaeological remains dating back to that era. More recently, in the 1850’s, a military road was constructed through the park as a part of the route from Hastings to Lake Superior. During your hikes in the park, you’ll see a portion of the route even today. Interestingly, the park earns its name from the designation given to St. Croix River as a National Wild and Scenic River.
It’s a good idea to go camping at Wild River State Park and make use of the great recreational offerings here. Cross-country skiers are spoiled for choice. With more than 30 miles of trails ranging from easy, moderate to strenuous, catering to all skill levels, cross-country skiing here is a delight. Choose from 14 miles of beginner trails, 16 miles of intermediate trails or three miles of advanced trails for cross-country skiing. There is a heated trail center with restrooms and fireplaces, which is perfect for starting your skiing trip. The center offers ski and snowshoe rentals as well, in case you forget some gear. For hiking, there are lots of trails to choose from, each going through different foliage, and ranging from easy to moderate and extremely challenging. For self-guided trails, try the Amik’s Pond and Windfall Trails that begin at the Visitor Center. Don’t forget to pick up brochures to guide you through these trails. If you’re looking forward to an easy hike, try the Mitigwaki Loop that’s just over a mile in length, or the River Terrace Loop that’s a little longer, at one and a half miles.
Wild River State Park campers can also make use of the St. Croix River for canoeing, boating, and fishing. You may rent canoes, boats, or fishing gear inside the park. Anglers get to fish for northern pike, catfish, smallmouth bass and walleye in the river.
Camping at Wild River State Park
If you’re looking to enjoy some RV camping at Wild River State Park, look no further. The park comes equipped with pull thru sites offering 30 and 50 AMP electricity, big rig access, showers, and flush toilets. There are options for tent camping as well, and plenty of space for the kids to run around and play. Pets are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash. The highlight of camping inside the state park is, of course the access you have to all the amazing recreational opportunities in the area, from hiking, nature trails, fishing, boating, and the like. The park also offers backpack sites, wheelchair accessible sites, canoe sites, and horse camps. If you prefer a cabin, camper cabins are available too. Remember to book ahead and reserve your spot.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Wild River State Park, try Wildwood RV Park and Campground in nearby Taylor Falls. With over 60 sites available with full hookups, pull thru sites, big rig access, electricity at 30 and 50 AMP, sewers, water, restrooms, showers, and pretty decent cell phone coverage, the campground is popular for its proximity to the state park and the St. Croix River. You’re welcome to bring your pets here, though for a small fee. It does get busy over weekends and holidays, so remember to reserve a spot well in advance.
Exploring the Area
A Wild River State Park camper will serve you well to explore the region and beyond. When you’ve finished discovering all there is to do at the park, make your way to the Twin Cities for some city-based fun! The Twin Cities region, about an hour’s drive from the park, is made up of the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and its suburbs. It’s buzzing with entertainment, shopping, dining, history, art and lots of attractions. Theater is big here, so try and catch a theater performance at the Orpheum Theater, Pantages Theater or the New Century Theater. The Ordway Center for Performing Arts is known for its great musical performances.
For museum buffs, head to the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul, a museum built into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. It’s a great stop for both kids and adults. The Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden has one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country, and you wouldn’t want to miss seeing this.
The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is another must-visit in Twin Cities. Entry is free though you’re welcome to leave a donation. This zoo is home to indoor and outdoor exhibits with polar bears, large cats, primates and aquatic animals. The Como Town Amusement Park is great for kids too.
When it comes to food, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Twin Cities. From international cuisine to good old American fare, farm to table meals, and some of the best coffee, you have plenty to choose from. Fill up your tank at one of the gas stations in town before hitting the road again to explore the rest of Minnesota in your rental RV.