Between the mouths of the Leaf and the Partridge Rivers, you will find this history-filled campsite. In 1783, the fur traders built the Crow Wing’s first trading post on the “little round hill”, which means Wadena in the Chippewa language.
A great battle was fought here between the voyagers and the Sioux Indians over the prized hunting ground; and, while history records say the voyagers won this battle, it was also noted that it was 9 years before the traders returned to the Crow Wing River country. This is also the first townsite for the City of Wadena, and also where the Red River Ox Cart trail crosses the Crow Wing River.
This is the only park in the County’s park system that may be reserved for a party. It boasts a large open area with plenty of shade for family reunions and weddings, a small shelter, and electricity that can be accessed by request if the park is reserved. Old Wadena Park Campground reservations can be made by contacting the Wadena County Parks Department by calling 218-631-7604.
There are numerous trails for walking to enjoy and a foot bridge that crosses over the Leaf River to access the little round hill site.
Another interesting draw to the park is the Old Wadena Society’s Bogwalk. Constructed of donated docking sections and secured by metal pilings driven deep into the mire, this offers an interesting and educational opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the wetland while walking through it. The Old Wadena Society’s Rendezvous is hosted at Old Wadena Park the 2nd weekend in August annually.
From here it is 1.5 miles downstream to the next available landing.