St. Croix State Park- Review Stayed 6/30-7/2/2020
CAMPGROUND: We stayed in the Old Logging Trail Campgrounds, site 141E, it was a pretty decent site. A little sandy w/ gravel & some unmowed grassy area. This site was big. I prefer a secluded site and this was a good one in comparison to the other campgrounds in the park. Most sites in OLTC are surrounded by trees w/ partial shade. The most private sites in the park. Showers and restrooms were newer & clean in our campground. I don’t think I’d stay at the other campgrounds there because of how open they are. Also, the raccoons were bothersome, make sure to keep your food inside & don’t leave trash out.
BUGS: We used 100% Deet & I presprayed our tent, clothing, shoes w/ permethrin before we left after reading the reviews on the tick/bug situation. At our campsite not one tick, mosquito, fly bite. Yes, they were there, just didn’t bother us. The buzzing flies were probably the most bothersome around our site. The bugs in the actual park areas were pretty bad. Esp the Deer Flies. Be prepared to use lots of bug spray while out on the trails or near the water. The flies would get caught in my hair/bun. Ladies(or men w/ long hair), I suggest wearing a hoodie or hat w/ pony/bun if you have long hair.
WILDLIFE: We saw lots of deer, 3 owls, a porcupine, frogs, a cub black bear in the park. A variety of birds & raccoons visited our campsite.
THE PARK IN GENERAL: There’s lots to do there! The park is 34,000 acres. It’s a long ways in from the main road to the headquarters plus another 1-2 miles from there to the campground. The drive in was scenic. I enjoyed it. Drove most places since the heat & humidity was so high that week. Clayton beach seemed okay, didn’t swim but went to check it out. There was a play structure there for kiddo’s as well. We spent more time by the Kettle River than the St. Croix. Downfall: I didn’t see a fishing dock. One state park I didn’t fish at…kinda a bummer. We could have probably fished the St. Croix some place but we didn’t wanna walk the stairs down/up to the St. Croix. It was hot, 90+& high dew points. I’m definitely doing a fall day trip to check out more water & hiking areas in the park when the temps are cooler and the bugs are less. There’s a fire tower, observation decks, miles & miles of hiking/horse/atv trails, beach, river(s) access. Pretty awesome & HUGE park. You’ll need more than one day to explore this MN State Park.