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Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls

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State Park Nature / Park
Interstate Park comprises two adjacent state parks on the Minnesota–Wisconsin border, both named Interstate State Park. They straddle the Dalles of the St. Croix River, a deep basalt gorge with glacial potholes and other rock formations. The Wisconsin park is 1330acre and the Minnesota park is 298acre. The towns of Taylors Falls, Minnesota and St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin are adjacent to the park. Interstate Park is within the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. The western terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is on the Wisconsin side. On the Minnesota side, two areas contain National Park Service rustic style buildings and structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Geology1.1 billion years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions from the Midcontinent Rift System sent at least ten separate lava flows across the region that now includes Interstate Park. These flows hardened into basalt, which fractured at several joints. In the Cambrian period, between 530 and 470 million years ago, the region was covered by a shallow sea which deposited sandstone and siltstone atop the basalt. This epoch of the Cambrian, the Furongian, was originally called the Croixian in North America because the layers exposed in this area were its type locality.
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  • Spent a couple of hours there Memorial Day weekend. Parking was definitely tight but ended up getting a spot. Took the 80 minute boat tour. Then spent time going through pothholes. The pothholes were ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful area! We were using a roofed picnic shelter with a huge fire place! It started raining and a lot of people we're running away while we were nice and cozy! My sister went and bought...  more »
  • We visit Interstate State Park at least 4-5 times a year. We've been there in every season and greatly enjoy it no matter what time of year. The fall is lovely obviously with the colors changing over ...  more »