Just forty-five minutes or so north of the Twin Cities is one of Minnesota's most diverse yet, quiet state parks- Wild River State Park. This park offers a large campground with over ninety drive up sites, numerous electric sites, backpack sites, canoe sites, group camps, and a horse camp. A little bit for everyone. Most sites are very quiet and secluded from the others. They also have a guest house that is fully modernized. The park has a unique niche in Minnesota's state parks with its Prairie Restoration project. You can observe some of Minnesota's prairie as it once was, nestled throughout the stands of Maples and Oaks. This is the way it looked over more than one hundred years ago. The park is also home to various wildlife including bears, deer, raccoons and coyote. Wild River is a year round park offering scenic canoing, hiking, horseback riding, and biking during the warm months, with snowshoeing and cross country skiing on groomed trails during the winter.
You can reserve campsites and cabins year-round through the Minnesota state park reservation system. The shower facilities and flush toilets in the campgrounds are only available during the "On Season". Easily accessible from all campsites are miles of paved bike trails, hiking trails, picnic grounds and a beautiful visitor’s center. Dave Crawford, the park naturalist, has great programs about the park and local area history including Diverse in Logging and Farming, a historical geocaching treasure hunt and lessons in hands-on maple syrup production.
While enjoying this gem of a park, make sure to check out the local attractions. The Almelund Apple Festival in town is a great stop for small town apple favorites and crafts. The Almelund Threshing show is a great place to take the kids to see some of Minnesota's farming history and to ride on some very authentic farming machinery from days gone by. If the sun beats too hard, check out Wild Mountain Water Park for some great water slides and alpine slides.
Make the short drive to Wild River State Park and enjoy the area this year. There is just so much to do, you’ll need more than one trip.