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HotelGuyMpls wrote a review Oct 2020
Saint Paul, Minnesota49 contributions27 helpful votes
Wonderful short and medium hiking trails with a variety of wooded and riverside scenery in a state park that is easy to navigate. Amenities (picnic areas, general store, firewood, vending, garbage/recycling, restrooms, showers, etc) are pretty average for a major state park. Many campsites have electric and even water connections but those book up fast. The northern campsites in the loop are very close and there is no trees or shade between them, so it looks more like a trailer park than a campground, but sites further off the main loops feature adjacent streams, stands of trees, and privacy. Bathroom cleanliness is okay--not many showers. Pit toilets and drinking fountains closed during the pandemic. A state parks day or annual vehicle pass is required in addition to the site rental to drive in and spend the night at a campsite. The hiking trails closer to the bridges and river can get busy in addition to the picnic areas.…
Date of experience: October 2020
Steven B wrote a review Sep 2020
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin313 contributions70 helpful votes
We drove all around the park and it was quite nice. But the best area was to the north in the high rocks overlooking the Dalles. From there you can view large paddle wheelers, the bridge on highway 8, and a huge dam off in the distance.
Date of experience: September 2020
GnMe wrote a review Aug 2020
Menomonie, Wisconsin305 contributions99 helpful votes
We stayed for several nights in the south campground. It was almost empty during the week, but the north area was busier. The north is more open, and has a shower block; much noisier, both from more campers, and because it's closer to Hwy 8. We were at the north end of the south campground and still heard the traffic a bit, especially the trucks, but it wasn't bad, maybe wouldn't have heard them at all if we'd stayed further south into the campground. The south campground has lots of campsites tucked into the trees, private and quiet. You have to choose carefully though, many of the sites are only big enough for a small tent. And several of them drop off considerably from the road; wouldn't want to be in one of them in a heavy rain! We were glad we had a ground tarp under our tent; the sites are covered with small, sharp rocks. Not wise to try putting a tent up out on the edges of the site - there's poison ivy everywhere! It did rain a couple times while we were there; we were surprised one evening when we went into St. Croix Falls, how windy it was. The campsites are well protected from the wind. And nicely shaded so we never got too hot. Lots of critters; we heard owls several nights. A chipmunk and a red squirrel were constantly running through our campsite, looking for a handout. They were rather entertaining... unlike the very brazen, fat little mouse. He actually got into our car one night. All our food was in plastic tubs, so finding nothing to eat, he pooped all over the pots and pans. He almost got something to eat in our tent porch one night. We had a metal can of trail mix and we discovered in the morning that he'd done his best to try chewing through the plastic lid. We brought our own drinking water - good thing, the water was incredibly full of rust! I think it might have been better at the north campground, we didn't come out of the showers with red hair anyway! Showers were OK, as were the pit toilets on our end. Not sure what they might have been like before the plague hit, but the special cleaning wasn't anything impressive. There were years of cobwebs in every corner, and the same pee dribble down the front of one of the toilets was still there the morning we left that had been there when we arrived. Someone did come in every morning and swept the floors and refilled the tp, and I imagine sprayed some disinfectant around. There were park employees around quite a bit, we chatted a couple times with a very pleasant young woman. No one was at the front entrance though, and the gift shop and museum etc. were closed. We printed out maps and info ahead of time. Rather interesting how up-to-date all the social distancing advice was. Someone should maybe update some other things... like the "accessible" fishing pier on the lake looked it hasn't been accessible for many years! Nice little dock - you just have to jump to get over to it :) Over all, this is a really nice place, whether you come to camp, fish, hike, or just picnic. It's huge, trails all over, and acres of green picnic areas. The little swimming beach is lovely. Beautiful place to relax and spend some time in nature.…
Date of experience: August 2020
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Patricia F wrote a review Aug 2020
Saint Paul, Minnesota29 contributions2 helpful votes
Wide range of trails! Big campgrounds, large picnic areas, has a beach too. Noise from hwy 8 is constant and is really loud on the weekends.
Date of experience: July 2020
CuriousTraveler5050 wrote a review Oct 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota612 contributions117 helpful votes
We went here for a day trip trip. We enjoyed the hiking loops in the park. The glacial pothole trail was cool. And gave great views of the St Croix River Valley. We continued on other trails with bluff views. It was a great time.
Date of experience: October 2019