Crow Wing State Park
Indian battles, voyageurs and a ghost town provide a colorful historical backdrop for today’s explorers at Crow Wing State Park. Located at the confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers, the park’s name derives from the wing-shaped island that seems to guard the junction of the two rivers. The Indian name for the Crow Wing River was ‘Ka-Gi-Wig-Wan’, which means ‘Raven’s Wing’.
Crow Wing State Park is located about 9 miles south of Brainerd on the Great River Road Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Crow Wing County.
A boardwalk with interpretive signs through the town site of what was once the bustling village of Crow Wing takes you back in time to the early settlers. Another trail passes by the site of a famous 1768 battle between the Dakota and Ojibwe.
Crow Wing State Park is also the southern terminus of the 123-mile, paved Paul Bunyan State Trail which winds through Minnesota’s northern forests and ends at Lake Bemidji State Park.