St. Croix State Park, Minnesota
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Took a beautiful six mile hike and seen all kinds of mushrooms. Camp sites are spacious, beautiful brick main buildings. Bathrooms and showers very clean and water pressure was good. Gigantic park!
Such a gem on the Kettle and St. Croix Rivers. Great hiking but beware of the rivers flooding because hiking trails can be flooded. Great campsites but very open so not ideal if you want more privacy.
We just did an overnight trip and while the park is beautiful and many great hiking trails the bathrooms are a disgrace. It is possible to have vault toilets without them being so smelly and disgustin... read more »
The DNR is doing a commendable job with habitat restoration after the storm damages in 2011. Unpaved hiking trails on the east side of the park wind through many sections with long grass, so bring bug spray because there will be lots of mosquitoes and ticks! Not much tree cover so sunscreen is a must as well. The shelters at the Crooked Creek backpacking campsite have screen doors and raised platforms (3 in each) for sleeping, so feel free to leave your tent at home if you're staying there in the summer. It is a little far from the creek so bring as much extra water as you can carry. The park supplied wood at the campsite which was a welcome surprise! If you get a chance, one of the best areas on the east side of the park is where the Lourey state trail crosses crooked creek - it's a serene little spot good for dipping your toes in the water! We will be looking forward to coming back in the next 5 years or so to see how the habitat restoration progresses and whether more interpretive signs and features are added within the (somewhat neglected) east side of this park.
I have camped in more than 30 state parks, 10 national forests and countless other campsites throughout the US. Pitching a tent at St. Croix State Park does not qualify as camping. I didn't mind the plethora of mosquitoes. I didn't mind the other campers having a good time.. I'm outdoorsy and can put up with typical "campground things". But this place was my special little hell. Here's a list of everything wrong with this State Park campground: - The campsites are densely packed together, leaving little room for privacy of any kind. In fact, the distance between individual campsites varies but on average are approximately 10 feet apart. Our campsite was, according to the ranger, "one of the more better ones", yet we felt as though we were sharing a campsite with three other groups. - There is no tree cover in between campsites. Yes, this is a literal statement. Only sparse shrubbery exists throughout this god-forsaken campground. The lack of trees contributes to the lack of privacy and results in there being no shaded areas during the day time. It is comparable to pitching a tent in the middle of a field. - The tent-only campsites appear, no the map, to be separated from the RV/Camper sites. This is not the case. The only defining barrier between these two sections is a small dirt trail lined by small shrubbery and weeds. The result is that this campground is more of an RV park than an actual campground. - This place can become incredibly busy and you will find yourself dodging people and children along the hiking trails. We heard televisions (!) and babies crying through the entire night. I will never come back to this excuse of a campground. If you want a legitimate camping experience, look elsewhere.
Campround is horrible, little to no tree cover. Too close together. I can see more camping trailers than trees. My backyard in town is more secluded. Way too busy. Not on par with other Minnesota state parks and campground. It would be a perfect plave to.pull in the 5th wheel, crank up the a/c and watch movies all weekend. Not rustic at all.
2 stars for hiking options 4 stars for the cabin/campground. We rented a cabin for a week in 2015. No mosquitoes at the campsites but they swarm the trails. Bring spray! The hiking was a bit disappointing. The cabin was cozy and totally adequate for our needs. They don't have showers in the cabins but the shower house was nice so it wasn't a big deal.
Nice campgrounds and miles and miles of park to explore by feet, bike, horse and car. Swimming lake is nice and cool on a hot summer day. Significant tree blow down from 2011 storm near main entrance and campgrounds, but park is recovering. Lots of bugs and ticks, but that's what you get outdoors. A little bug spray helps.
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