Wild River

Wild River State Park Campground Review

Wild River

Review of Wild River State Park Campground Review near North Branch, Minnesota

June 2012 – 1 Night


The atmosphere inside the park is really nice. The camping area has a rustic feel, but still has all the amenities of a bathhouse with running water, flush toilets and showers. The roads in the campground are all well maintained gravel and the bathhouses were clean as well. The park itself is quite large and includes rental cabins, group camping and day use areas. The park has a nice asphalt drive that leads back to all the different areas of the park. The camping area has 4 different loops that are mostly wooded. Some are located in more a grassy field area. The park is also located along the St. Croix River which is very scenic.

Campsite Spacing

Campsite spacing is great! The camping area that we stayed in was fully wooded with very thick brush in the woods so we were not able to see our neighbor at all.

Campsite Quality

Campsite quality is pretty good. All campsites were gravel back in sites and included a fire pit with cooking grate and picnic table. Our site did not have electricity but I do believe some sites have electricity. We tend to like rustic camping and this park was nice because it was a really nice state park but still had a nice rustic camping feel to it without suffering in quality.


There are plenty of trails in the park to hike. We did not do much hiking other than walking the half mile down to the river from one of the picnic areas. I had wanted to check out the river.


There is a boat launching area for the river along with kayak and canoe rentals. When I walked down to the river on one of the trails I saw small fishing boats, canoes and kayaks all out on the river.


We were told that you could catch fish from the bank of the river where I had hiked down to, but we did not have a chance to do any fishing. Apparently, there are all kinds of species of fish in the St. Croix River.


I did not see any play equipment in the park but the gravel roads throughout the camping area are well maintained and would be perfectly suited for kids riding bicycles. Our campsite was also plenty big for the kids to kick their soccer ball around.

Overall Comments

We would like to go back to this campground in the fall and spend 3 to 5 nights as there is plenty to do here if you are into hiking. We would also like to try some fishing on the river and bring the kayak back with us.

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