Crow Wing River

Wadena County is well known for the beautiful Crow Wing River Canoe Trail. Its name has its origin with the Chippewa Indians; they called it "Kagiwegwon," or "Raven's Wing." The river winds its way through the county from north to south, beginning at the Blueberry Bridge northeast of Menahga and exiting the county at the very southeasterly corner just west of the City of Staples. 

Parks Picture Book

Parks History & Improvements Video 

Canoeing & Tubing

Wadena County owns and operates campsites located along the trail and spaced at convenient intervals to accommodate all levels of canoeing enthusiasts and tubers.

There are no dams or portages to obstruct the flow and no charging rapids to navigate, so travel is very enjoyable at whatever pace you choose, and is generally uninterrupted so long as the water stays at a normal level. The average current is about 3 miles per hour, however, this may vary depending on wind direction and speed, as well as the level of the water.


All but 1 campground are "first come, first serve" and are primitive, but offer some amenities in that there are outhouses, hand-pumped water sources, fire rings, and picnic tables. A limited amount of block firewood is supplied at the county operated campgrounds only. A quiet, picturesque, family oriented setting is what you will find at each of these primitive but peaceful campgrounds.

Lyons State Forest Trails Map & Guide

Huntersville State Forest Trails Map & Guide

Camping Fees

Type of Fee


Camping Fee (A site is 1 picnic table and fire ring.)

$14 per site per night

Reservation Documents