Interstate State Park

               
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Area and County

Chisago County

 

 

 


Size

281 acres statutory, 286 owned

 
 
Maps

Minnesota DNR All Season Map

 
Park Entrance

Visitor Center
N45 24.083, W92 39.125

 
Hiking Trails

4 miles
3 miles interpretive trail
½ miles handicapped accessible

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Southern Superior Uplands
Western Superior Uplands

Subsection(s)

Mille Lacs Uplands
St. Croix Moraine

Land Type Association(s)

Polk Basalt Moraines

Almelund Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Transition)

Oak - (Red Maple) Woodland

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)


Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        
 
Links

Minnesota DNR


Comments

Hiking


Visits

6/6/2000

9/5/2011

  10/15/2014

 

 

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Wayne Rasmussen


St Croix River

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Park Entrance - Visitor Center

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Park Entrance - Park Office and Boat Launch

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Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)

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Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Transition)

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Railroad Trail

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Sandstone Bluffs Trail

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Unmapped Blufftop Trail

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River Trail

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St. Croix River

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River Bluff

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Rock Outcrop

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  Hiking Club: Interstate State Park, April 2012
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  Hiking Club: Interstate State Park, April 2012  
 
About

14 APR 2012; Park #5, 3.0 miles

 
     
  Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls, Minnesota
Jackie LaVaque
 
  Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls, Minnesota  
 
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A gorgeous state park located along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 
     
  Interstate Park
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February 2012

 
     
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Interstate State Park, MN

 
     
  Interstate State Park, Minnesota
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Published on Oct 28, 2013

Favorite Sites: 2, 5, 6, 10, 13, 14, 18, 31

 
     

 

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  A Walk In The Park: Interstate State Park
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Published on Apr 30, 2015

Minnesota DNR says: "There is so much to do at Interstate State Park, located on the beautiful St. Croix River. Visitors can climb the cliffs of the St. Croix River Dalles, canoe the flat-water, watch kayakers rush through the rapids, or relax on an excursion boat. Spring brings a great diversity of wildflowers and in fall, the St. Croix River Valley forest is ablaze in the autumn colors of red, gold, and orange. The geology that formed this park intrigues visitors, and brings geologists from all over the world. At least 10 different lava flows are exposed in the park, along with two distinct glacial deposits, and traces of old streams valleys and faults. During the summer, hike the trails and explore the glacial potholes that make this park unique."

Season: Spring
Year Opened: 1895
Size: 288 Acres
Annual Visits: 329,159

More Info: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/interstate/index.html

 
     
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Uploaded on Jan 19, 2012

Interstate State Park was the very first State Park in Wisconsin and the reason for its name is because across the St. Croix River is Minnesota's side of the park. It was a joint state effort to make this park. More more information please visit http://www.americasstateparks.org

 
     
  July 31 part 2 summer 2013 Interstate state park MN
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Published on Aug 8, 2013

WITH THE GRANDSONS in Taylor Falls, St. Croix River, & Interstate State Park

 
     
  Interstate (State) Park - St. Croix Falls, WI and Taylors Falls, MN
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Uploaded on May 2, 2011

Visit to Interstate (State) Park along both sides of the St. Croix River in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and Taylors Falls, Minnesota. The visit including a short hike and picnic dinner on the Potholes Trail in the park in Wisconsin and a walk on the paved path in the park across the river in Minnesota.

 
     
  Pothole Trail @ Interstate State Park (morning)
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Published on Jul 24, 2013

Video taken 7/22/13 at 8:00am

View trail report at: www.hikingwithheather.blogspot.com

 
     

 

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Amphibians

wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

wood frog


Birds

Eight bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:

 

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

 

Special concern

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Blue Jay

Dark-eyed Junco


Fungi and Lichens

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea)

False Turkey Tail


Insects and Arachnids

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Isabella tiger moth


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

American red squirrel


Plants

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

 

Special concern

American marsh pennywort (Hydrocotyle americana)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Transition) ROs12b

Oak - (Red Maple) Woodland FDs37a

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till) MHc36a

 
 

harebell

Virginia creeper


 

 

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