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Crow Wing State Park

Crow Wing State Park is located in the Heartland region of central Minnesota near Brainerd.

Crow Wing  State Park

How to Get to Crow Wing State Park: From Brainerd go 9 miles south on U.S. Highway 371, then west at County Road 27 for one mile to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • The park is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Crow Wing rivers where evidence of a historic battle between Ojibwe and Dakota tribes can still be seen.
  • Other historic remains of the old village site commemorate the trading posts, missions, and cemeteries that once were part of the settlement of this area. One of the hiking trails follows the path of the Red River Oxcart route. Many of Minnesota's most influential early residents settled here.
  • The entire park is on the National Historic Places Register.

Crow Wing's Natural Attractions: The state's three primary habitats, prairie, deciduous forest, and coniferous forest, come together here. The Mississippi River and the Crow Wing River both flow gently in the area of the park providing easy boating and canoeing.

White-tailed deer might appear at the edge of the forested areas. The wetlands and waters in the park attract many types of waterfowl as well as muskrats and beavers. Eagles and hawks soar above the rivers and songbirds are numerous.

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Things to Do in Crow Wing State Park: Even novice paddlers can negotiate the smooth flow of the rivers. The park has canoes and rowboats available to rent. Fishing the rivers is also great fun. There are 18 miles of hiking trails; some of the best are those that follow the Mississippi River. Hike to Chippewa Lookout high above the river.

Six miles of trail are available for cross-country skiing in winter as well as six miles of trail for snowmobiling. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park except on groomed trails.

Crow Wing State Park Camping

Camping in Crow Wing State Park: There are 59 tent and RV sites; 12 with electrical hookups. There is also one group site that can accommodate up to 75 people. Amenities in the campground include picnic tables, fire rings, flush and vault toilets, showers and a dump station. An enclosed picnic shelter can be reserved by calling the park.

More Attractions in This Region: Camp Ripley, nine miles south of Brainerd, is the largest National Guard Facility in the U.S. A self-guided tour is available; be sure to stop in at the Minnesota Military Museum.

Visit Brainerd, famous for its giant Paul Bunyan statues and Paul Bunyan Land. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame. Brainerd's historic jailhouse is now the location of the Crow Wing County Historical Museum.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Charles A. Lindbergh State Park > Mille Lacs Kathio State Park > Father Hennepin State Park

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3124 State Park Road
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-825-3075
Fax: 218-825-3077

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