By Jim Umhoefer
Winona County. About 8 miles north of St. Charles on Highway 74. Highway map index: M-20.
Whitewater is southern Minnesota's busiest state park and has a pair of semi-modern campgrounds with about 120 sites to handle the crowds. There are six walk-in sites off one of the loops in the main campground. Organizations can reserve a group camp that's primitive or one that has cabins and a dining hall. Contact the manager for details.
People are attracted to Whitewater because of the natural beauty of its deep ravines, limestone formations, and hilly hardwood forest (remnant stands of white pine are relics of the cooler glacial era).