The site we had was isolated nicely and the ground was easy for a tent set up. There was some mosquitos, but the disappeared at night which was nice. The trail near by was nice, but driving into the park and finding a trail were better. The fire tower was also cool!
The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway offers excellent dispersed, boat in camping options. You must apply for a free permit through the NPS and follow the camping guidelines exactly. The section of the river between Highway 8 and the Soo Line Bridge is some of the best canoeing/kayaking camping there is. Be sure to download the maps from the website first to see exactly which mile markers are for camping and follow the guidelines exactly to keep this piece of paradise clean and safe.
We camped with our in laws and 3 kids this past weekend at St. Croix state Park, we were in the riverview campground on site 36 (no hook ups). Sites were pretty open but small. There were HOARDS OF MOSQUITOS. We used 40% deet spray and fogged our campsite 3x over the 3 days so we could reduce the bites. The paved walking trails were nice. The swimming beach is a couple mile drive but the water was nice and cool. There is a playground but we didn't use it. We fished right off the shore and were catching very small catfish and river chub faster than we could set our reels which was great for the kids! There is kayak and canoe rental on the weekend. The showers and bathrooms were very clean.
We had a terrible experience last year trying to camp here, BUT it’s not the campgrounds fault!
Unfortunately we chose the peak of mosquitos season and camping next to slow moving water is a recipe for disaster. It was also a very hot weekend. We showed up and set up camp and within the first hour our dog was clearly stressed by all the bugs. He ended up hiding in the car and soon after his face swelled up and he got very sick. Within 3 hours of showing up we had to pack up and head home to get him safe and comfortable. Do not fret, our boy was okay and thankfully the family across from us (in an RV) has Benadryl for their dog they gave to us. We don’t travel or camp without proper bug spray and meds for our dog now so lessons were learned.
Long story short we would love to come back when the bugs aren’t as bad!
Our family went up and rented Guest House 1. The house was great! It had everything we needed in the kitchen, a grill out front, picnic tables, fire ring, plenty of sleeping for our extended family. However, the second we walked out the door, you had at least 5 ticks on you. If you spent any extended amount of time outside, there were 20+. It was terrible, as my sister was pregnant and didn't want to risk it and we had a 1, 2, and 4 year old. We spent a large part of the weekend searching each other like primates and picking bugs off. Since the weather wasn't the best, we didn't feel as bad missing out on being outside.
We DID have fun doing some of the activities like hunting for insects/animals in the pond with the ranger, hiking to the ranger tower, playing at the playground, and trying to catch butterflies with the ranger. That being said, we have had several conversations with others who have also said it was the worst tick experience they have ever had and will not choose to go back again.
we spent a weekend at the park and had a. great time. Lots of trails for hiking. Cool buildings from the CCC era as well as some signs talking about camp life. There is also a 100' fire tower you can climb up and get an epic view. Campsites were nicely angeled for easy parking. Fire ring and table at each site. Nice modern bathrooms as well.
Would not go back here. The sites are only shaped and hard to place a tent in bc of shape and no designated site edges. There is no shade in most sites and was very hot in a tent. Everyone is right on top of one another and bc of no site borders was quite loud. The beach is on the river and is very slimy bc of years of artificial beach making. Some of the other parts of the river are nicer and enjoyable. This would make a nice day trip but not great for an extended weekend.
It’s a great state park, period.
Our scout troop camped for a weekend her. Our site was very spacious, and had close access to a well maintained outhouse and walking distance to indoor toilets and showers. The main disadvantage to this site was, no trees.
This campground is 2 of 3 at St. Croix State Park. This campground has a handful of electric sites and a modern restroom and shower. The sites here are very open and there is little trees or shrubs. Some of the campsite around the very outer edge have some coverage, which is helpful in the hot summer sun.