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“A hidden gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Beaver Creek Valley State Park

Beaver Creek Valley State Park
15954 County 1, Caledonia, MN 55921
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Caledonia
Activities: Fishing
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St. Paul
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“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Took the family camping here over Memorial Day weekend. Even though it was cool and rainy, we enjoyed this park a lot. The park has a nice network of trails, and the boys fished the creek-caught a couple brown trout. Lots of birds, and wildflowers in bloom. Helpful ranger. We stayed in a "cart-in" campsite, which was fortunate since some of the regular campsites are quite close together, and the park was full. The best drive-up sites seem to be the tent ones (W27 - W42). Lovely place overall.

Visited May 2013
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“Great Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Went here with the wife for a no kids weekend. Beautiful park lots of trails. Lots of trout in river I have to go back and fish them. Only thing was campsite are a little close and no flush toilets .

Visited September 2012
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“Great hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We went camping on a holiday week - 4th of July week - so we expected a busy and louder time than we would like. But this campground was small and quiet! There are just 16 electric sites, and you can reserve ahead of time on the State DNR site for just $21/nt. There are non-electric tent sites for less, and a group site. You do need a State Park Vehicle Pass to enter the park. We always get an annual pass. Beaver Creek starts inside the park with a spring that comes out of the bluffs. The water temperature is very cold. This was to our advantage because the valley cooled down at night much quicker than the surrounding areas. Once the sun was gone, the cold water of the creek helped cool things. (Temps were over 100 all week for us.)

This park has miles and miles of fantastic hiking trails for all levels - easy, moderate and difficult. You are rewarded with incredible views if you climb into the bluffs on the moderate and difficult trails. The easy trails are wide and mowed and amble along the creek. You'll see lots of trout in this creek (you can fish if you like), and wildlife around.

The campground and park are kept very clean. They do not have flush toilets - they are all vault toilets, but those are inside nice clean buildings with running water at the sinks. They do have several showers too.

There is so much to do in the surrounding area. Just a few miles away is Caledonia which is a big quilting town. You'll find quilt patterns on almost every barn and garage door. You can drive Bluff Country in SE Minnesota and check out the towns along the Root River State Trail - you can bike the trail, or drive to the towns, and along the Harmony-Preston trail. There is also tubing and canoeing on the Root River. You can take a tour of Amish Country, go to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, or drive the Great River Road north to Le Crescent, or cross into Wisconsin and go to La Crosse. In La Crosse, at RiverFront Park you can take a ride on the Mississippi on the La Crosse Queen Paddleboat. Or head south down the Great River Road into Iowa where you can gamble on the Lady Luck River Boat in Marquette, or head farther south down to Pike's Peak State Park for incredible views, or Effigy Mounds National Monument and hike some great trails while learning about ancient Indians in the area.

We found this park to be a wonderful base camp for exploring the area, and so much nicer than the commercial campgrounds we've stayed in closer to the Root River Trail in the past. We hope to return in the fall when the weather is cooler and the leaves are changing.

If you don't want to camp, but are in the area, they have a nice picnic area, including a building you can rent, and you can still fish and hike the trails.

Visited July 2012
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