Carley State Park

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Carley State Park

Beauty and quiet, that is the essence of Carley State Park. In the spring, delicate bluebells (Mertensia virginica), and other wildflowers carpet the valley with a profusion of color. Hike along the trail that follows the Whitewater River and take in the grand old white pines. Listen for the sweet song of orioles, song sparrows, house wrens, and indigo buntings. Enjoy the picnic area, play on the swings or practice softball. Try your hand at horseshoes or sit back and see a red-tailed hawk ride thermals in the sky. The north branch of the Whitewater River is a designated trout stream and provides habitat for brown trout. Rustic campsites are located near the picnic area.

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Visitor Alert

Due to the recent rain the trails at the park are icy

Camping is CLOSED for the season. Park is open for day use hiking.

2018 Camping Season: Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Reservations may be made online or 1-866-857-2757.

(Updated November 27, 2017)

Park Notes

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Park Highlights

tree Camping

tree Fishing/Trout Stream

tree Spring Wildflowers

tree Hiking

tree White Pine Stands

tree Bluebells in May


For information on this park, contact Whitewater State Park at 507-312-2300.


c/o Whitewater State Park
19041 Hwy 74
Altura, MN 55910

tel: 507-312-2300

fax: 507-932-5938


Getting There

Approximately 15 miles northeast of Rochester, or 4 miles south of Plainview on Wabasha County Road 4.