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For information, contact:
Kinnickinnic State Park
W11983 820th Ave.
River Falls WI 54022

Kinnickinnic State Park Current conditions


All park trails are open to foot travel. Trail surfaces vary from packed snow, slush and ice, to mud and grass. Spring weather causes conditions to change day by day. Waterproof footwear with good traction is encouraged. Mountain bikes and/or fat tire bikes are not allowed on park trails.


Fishing on the Kinnickinnic River is open for Wisconsin’s early catch and release season. A valid Wisconsin fishing license and trout stamp are required. Anglers have been finding success in areas with water temperatures at or above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Meltwater runoff can reduce water temperatures and impact fish activity.

The Angler’s parking lot on County Road F is not maintained during winter. A small amount of parking is available in the drive leading to the parking lot. Be advised that ice and snow significantly increase the possibility of getting stuck in the lot. Use caution if you choose to park below the main drive. All vehicles parked adjacent to the park, and those that are parked, loading or unloading in the Angler’s parking lot, are required to have a valid Wisconsin state park admission sticker.

Ice conditions on the St. Croix River are inconsistent. The St. Croix’s main channel is generally ice fee. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions. Use caution any time you travel on the ice. River currents can cause ice depths to vary greatly over short distances.

The hill from the St. Croix parking lot to the beach is closed to vehicle traffic. It is still accessible to foot travel and is the most convenient access to the St. Croix River.


The high sun angle and warmer spring temperatures have greatly reduced the park’s snowpack. Many south facing slopes and open areas are nearly snow free. Other areas with less direct sunlight, such as in the woods or on north facing slopes, have knee deep snow. Maple sap flowing and the occasional hatch of midges on the river are true signs of spring.

The trumpeter swans and Canada geese that have been enjoying the open water on the St. Croix River are being joined by early migrating ducks from the South. Turkey activity has been increasing and flocks can be observed in snow free farm fields around the park. If you’re lucky, you might see a strutting Tom in an early spring display. The quiet dawn of winter has been replaced by the spring orchestra of song birds welcoming the early morning sun.

More information

A vehicle admission sticker is required year-round. When the park office is closed, use the self-registration pay kiosk to buy daily or annual admission stickers. One-hour stickers are not accepted at Kinnickinnic State Park.

Last revised: Friday March 16 2018