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Saint Croix State Park 

Saint Croix State Park is located in the Heartland region of east central Minnesota near Hinckley.   

How to Get to Saint Croix State Park:  Drive 15 miles east of Hinckley on State Highway 48, then 5 miles south on County Road 22 to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • The park’s 34,000 acres make this Minnesota’s largest state park. Most of the park’s original buildings, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, remain intact. The park has been declared a National Historic Landmark.
  • The St. Croix River, a National Scenic Riverway, and the Kettle River, designated Minnesota’s first Wild and Scenic River, converge here. Ten or more smaller streams also flow through the park and offer many opportunities for water sports and fishing.
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Saint Croix State Park’s Natural Attractions:The Minnesota state flower, the Lady Slipper, grows here, as well as a large variety of wildflowers and other plants and trees. Expect to see a lot of wildlife in this large park including owls, bald eagles, song birds, timber wolves, black bears, fox, coyotes, and deer. 

Things to Do in Saint Croix State Park: Climb the 100-foot-tall fire tower. Enjoy the swimming beach at Lake Clayton, and fishing and canoeing on the rivers. The Kettle River can produce giant sturgeon; the largest sturgeon caught in the river weighed 94 pounds.     

A total of 127 miles of hiking trails wind through the park and along the rivers. There are 21 miles of mountain bike trails, 5.5 miles of paved biking trails, and 75 miles of horse trails. In addition, there is a 1.5-mile-long wheelchair accessible self-guided interpretive trail. In winter, 80 miles of trail are available for snowmobiling, 11 miles for cross-country skiing, and 1 mile of winter hiking trail. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park. A warming house is available. 

Camping in Saint Croix State Park:  There are 211 drive-in sites for tents and RVs; 81 have electrical hook-ups. In addition, there are 4 walk-in sites, 2 backpack sites, and 10 canoe-in sites. Eight group camps accommodate up to 25 people; 2 large group centers, 6 camper cabins, and 2 guest houses are available to rent. Call the park for rental information and details. A horse camp accommodates up to 25 camping units and up to 100 horses. Picnic tables, picnic shelters, playgrounds, fire rings, grills, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station are provided.

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More Attractions in This Region: The small town of Hinckley has a few things to offer, including the Hinckley Fire Museum and the Grand Casino. Don’t miss a stop at Tobie’s for their famous cinnamon rolls.  About an hour north of Hinckley is Duluth, where you can enjoy all kinds of entertainment, as well as Lake Superior’s North Shore.    

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota:  Banning State Park Wild River State Park > Moose Lake State Park

Contact 

30065 St. Croix Park Road
Hinckley, MN 55037

Phone: 320-384-6591

Email: stcroix.statepark@state.mn.us


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