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

Kinnickinnic State Park Current conditions


All trails are open to foot travel. Surfaces are generally snow-covered. Once cross-country ski track is set, ski trails will be closed to hiking and pets. The red, blue, and brown trails will continue to be open to all uses - they will be packed and are the only trails available for skate skiing. The snowshoe trail on the park’s south side is one of the most scenic and popular trails in the park. It is accessed off of 770th Avenue. All trails in the park are closed to fat tire and/or mountain biking.

Snowshoes are available to rent from the Friends of Willow River/Kinnickinnic State Parks [exit DNR].

The park sledding hill is located near the pet friendly picnic area about a half mile past the park office. The hill is snow-covered and ready for kids or adults alike.


After Dec. 15 the park will be closed to all firearm hunting and trapping. Archery hunting will continue through Jan. 7, 2018.  State park hunting information is available at the park office.


Fishing on the Kinnickinnic River is closed for the season.

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.

The Kinnickinnic River will open for early catch and release trout season on Jan. 6, 2018. A valid Wisconsin fishing license and trout stamp are required.

Ice conditions on the St. Croix River are inconsistent. The park’s channel is ice free and will remain so for the majority of the season. 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.


West-central Wisconsin has seen slightly above average temperatures for the month of December with lows in the teens and highs in the upper 20s. These conditions are predicted to persist for the near future. The park has been dusted with several light snowfalls and open areas are holding about 1.5 inches of soft snow.

Trumpeter swans and Canada geese are enjoying the open water on the St. Croix River. Nuthatches and Black-capped chickadees are found throughout the park all winter long and provide some cheer and energy to the season.

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: Thursday December 14 2017