By Jim Umhoefer
Chisago County. 13 miles east of North Branch. From town drive about 10 miles east on Highway 95 to Almelund, then turn north on County 12 for 3 miles to the park.
Highway map index: K-14.
Wild River State Park wriggles like a noodle for 20 miles along the banks of the St. Croix River. The park is named for the St. Croix River, which Congress designated as one of the original eight National Wild and Scenic Rivers in 1968.
The river is the park's focal point. Drive-in boat landings at each end of the park provide easy fishing and canoeing access. Anglers catch a variety of fish, including walleye, northern, catfish and bass. The St. Croix River is most famous for canoeing. Although stretches of the upper St. Croix can pose a challenge for some canoeists, the river is not classified as white water. Read more: