Kinnickinnic State Park

Kinnickinnic State Park, River Falls WI

The Kinnickinnic, a cold water trout stream, forms a large, sandy delta where it flows into the St. Croix River. The mouth of the Kinnickinnic River forms a sandy delta upon which boaters can picnic and camp.

This day-use park features river scenery, trails meandering through tall grass prairies and upland forests, a large swim area and boat-in camping. People with boats with on-board toilets can moor and sleep in their boats overnight. Habitat contains upland prairies and steep river valley/moist forest.

Best Bets: Hike the prairie trails and follow the Kinnickinnic River through its narrow valley. Particularly productive for unusual species such as Henslow's sparrow, orchard oriole, winter wren, Nashville and Kentucky warblers and other species typically found farther north or south.

The park includes a beautiful sand delta alive with boats and people enjoying the St. Croix River. Swimming, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, sunbathing, and wind surfing are very popular in spring, summer and fall. In addition to having an excellent brown trout population, the Kinnickinnic valley is a haven for birds and other wildlife. More than 140 species of birds frequent the valley during the migrating season. The segment of Kinnickinnic River that flows through the park is known for its harvests of brown trout. St. Croix River supports populations of walleye, bass, crappie, bluegill, and pike. Bicycling is permitted on park roads. The Yellow Train at Kinnickinnic State Park loops around a prairie area where flowers and other native ground cover and foliage grows in the wild. Nature lovers can view the abundance of wildlife found in the wild gorge and elsewhere in the park.

Because of the mixing of cold water of the Kinnickinnic River and the warm water of the St. Croix combining, Kinnickinnic State Park is an excellent place to fish for both cold and warm-water game fish. The Kinni is a premier trout stream that is rated as one of the best in the Upper Midwest, with more than 6,000 brook trout per mile. Anglers can begin pursuing trout during a barbless hook catch-and-release season that begins the first Saturday in March. The regular season opens the first Saturday in May.

Large swimming area and boat-in camping. Winter use includes cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. A park sticker is required on all vehicles. It offers boat camping for up to 110 boats on the sand delta where the Kinnickinnic River enters the St. Croix. All boats must be self contained. $15 per boat/per night.

There are numerous public golf course and outstanding parks with well over 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails for the winter months and miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, sights-seeing and walking . Troy Burne Golf Club is a tremendous golf course close by. The snow is perfect at Afton Alps, and camping at Hastings Mobile Home Terrace is always a pleasant experience. The county is rich in history and culture with one of the finest genealogical research centers in the country located at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The University is also host for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs summer football camp each year in August.

Kinnickinnic State Park in the City of River Falls - Pierce County (Northwest WI).


Kinnickinnic State Park
W11983 820th Ave.
River Falls, WI 54022
United States

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