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
Fishing at Andersons Crossing
Canoing the Crow Wing
Crow Wing River
Here We Go
New sign at Stigmans Mound
New Stairway Old Wadena
Pavillion at Old Wadena (1)
Pavillion at Old Wadena (2)
Pavillion at Old Wadena (3)
Starting Out On The River
Time to Rest
On the River
Bend in the Crow Wing River
bridge over water at Old Wadena Park Campground
Bullard's Bluff Campground sign in front of trees and brush
Crow Wing River at Old Wadena Park Campground
Fence in the foreground and a fire ring and trees in the background at Old Wadena Park Campground
Staircase at Knob Hill Campground
Trail and picnic tables at Little White Dog Campground
View from the top of the trees of the Crow Wing River
Staircase at McGivern Park Campground
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.