Whitewater State Park is located in the Bluff Country region of southeastern Minnesota near Elba and about twenty-five miles east of Rochester.
How to Get to Whitewater State Park: Drive 3 miles south of Elba on Highway 74 to the park entrance.
Whitewater State Park’s Natural Attractions: This is one of the best places in the state to enjoy spring wildflowers. It is also a favorite destination for birdwatchers; more than 240 species of birds have been spotted here, including the rare Louisiana water thrush. Many mammals native to Minnesota also make this area home. A bonus is that this state park is known for having fewer mosquitoes than most of the state!
Things to Do in Whitewater State Park: A swimming beach and a wheelchair accessible fishing pier are located within the park. Fishing for trout is a popular pastime, with plenty of brown, brook, and rainbow trout in Trout Creek and spring-fed Whitewater River. Two picnic areas are available; the main picnic area has a large shelter with electricity and lights. There is a volleyball court nearby.
Hike 10 miles of trails, including 3 miles of self-guided trails. In winter, 6 miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing is permitted throughout the park. A warming house is available.
Three miles north of the park, you can climb the Elba Fire Tower. This challenging climb requires first climbing a steep bluff, then the 600 steps to the top of the tower.
Camping in Whitewater State Park: There are 104 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs; 47 sites have electrical hookups. The six walk-in sites are located just 300 – 600 yards from the parking area. Three primitive group camps each accommodate from 20 – 50 people. A large group center has eight cabins and can accommodate up to 132 people. In addition, the park has one camper cabin that sleeps up to five. Reserve cabins or group camps by calling the park. Picnic tables, fire rings, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station are available.
19041 Highway 74
Altura, MN 55910
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