Kinnickinnic State Park and Kinnickinnic River Gorge and Delta State Natural Area
Kinnickinnic State Park straddles the large sandy delta where the Kinnickinnic River meets the St. Croix River. This 1,239-acre park offers panoramic views of the river gorge as well as secluded hiking trails that traverse both prairie and upland forests holding Sedge Wrens, Bobolinks, Eastern Kingbirds, Clay-colored and Grasshopper Sparrows, Pine and Mourning Warblers, and Eastern Bluebirds. There is a large swimming area and boat-in camping at the delta. The river here stays open all winter long holding Common Mergansers, Canada Geese and Common Goldeneyes. Bald Eagles also use the area year around. The 100-acre Kinnickinnic River Gorge and Delta State Natural Area is a deep valley of sandstone and limestone cut by glacial drift. This undisturbed river valley holds an amazing variety of birds; more than 200 species have been sighted in the park, and 120 of these use the park for nesting.
Directions: From River Falls, take Hwys 29/35 south one mile, then west on Cty FF five miles, then north on Cty F one mile, then west on Cedar View Road one mile to the park.
Gazetteer: Page 58, B-2 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 52, B-2 (10th edition).
Signature species: Northern Waterthrush, Common Mergansers and Blackburnian Warblers.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lots provided.
Nearest food & lodging: River Falls, 7 miles east.
Fee: State Park fees apply.