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Schoolcraft State Park

Schoolcraft State Park is located in the Heartland region of Minnesota near Deer River and Grand Rapids.

Schoolcraft State Park

How to Get to Schoolcraft State Park:  Drive east from Deer River on Highway 2 for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto County Road 11, drive for 5 miles, then turn right on County Road 18. Drive for 2.8 miles; the road becomes 124th St. N.E. Continue for 0.6 miles to 88th St. Turn left and drive for 2 miles to Schoolcraft Lane N.E. Follow signs for 1 mile to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • This quiet and relaxing 222-acre state park is named for Henry Schoolcraft, the explorer who searched the area for the source of the Mississippi River.
  • If you prefer “just the basics” camping with lots of privacy, this park is for you. Even during the busiest camping months of the year, you may find few other campers here.
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Schoolcraft State Park’s Natural Attractions: The park is situated along the Mississippi and Vermillion rivers. Waterfowl are attracted to the rivers, and migrating birds make a stop here during migration seasons. 

Things to Do in Schoolcraft State Park:  A picnic area near the hiking trail and alongside the Mississippi River has tables and grills. The gentle flow of the Mississippi River in this area will be a delight to canoeists and anglers. There is a boat access on the river.

There are 2 miles of hiking trails along the river that lead through virgin pine forest. The river shore offers views of native grasses, wild rice beds, and floating water lilies.

In winter, the trails are available for winter hiking. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park.

Camping in Schoolcraft State Park:  There are 28 rustic campsites for tents and RVs. In addition, there is 1 canoe site and a tents-only group camp that can accommodate up to 50 people. Vault toilets and drinking water are available. 

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More Attractions in This Region: Visit Grand Rapids and stop in at the Forest History Center, a living history museum that includes a replica of a 1900s logging camp. Don’t miss the Judy Garland Museum and, if you have kids, the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Scenic State Park Hill Annex State Park McCarthy Beach State Park

Contact

9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE
Deer River, MN 56636

Mailing address:
Schoolcraft State Park
C/O Scenic State Park
56956 Scenic Highway 7
Bigfork, MN 56628

Phone: 218-743-3362

Email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us


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