Wadena County
415 Jefferson St So
Wadena, MN  56482

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PARKS ADMINISTRATOR:  Deana Malone                                       

PARKS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:  Linda Youngbauer             


 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.  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 one campground are “first come, first served” and are primitive, but offer some amenities in that there are outhouses, hand-pumped water sources, fire rings, and picnic tables.  Campfire wood 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.

CAMPING FEES:  $12.00 PER SITE PER NIGHT (A site is one picnic table and fire ring.) 


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This campground was formerly part of the surrounding Potlatch Paper Company.  In October of 2007, the County did a land exchange with Potlatch Corporation to add 17 acres to the campground for future campsite expansion, as well as to allow more area for walking and hiking trails.  The forested area at the Tree Farm Landing is managed by the Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Division and sports a very picturesque view of the river from above while the campsites are located on the flat next to the river with a calm, generally shallow, and sandy swimming area and place to launch tubes and canoes.  Another attraction at the Tree Farm Landing is a memorial placed at the Tree Farm during the summer of 2010, recognizing long-time supporter of the Crow Wing River Trail, Jim Rife, Sr. for his contribution in getting the designation for the canoe trail.  From here it is approximately 3.5 miles to the next campground.


Lying to the north of Nimrod, this campground was once an Indian crossing, that was later named for a pioneer settler, and is the beginning of the Butterfield Rapids.  Despite the name, these rapids are a short series of rippling water posing little to no threat as it is navigated by tubers and canoeists.  Surrounded by over 100 acres of County-owned land, this campsite not only allows access to the river, but also to a number of trails for walking and hiking.  It is 5 miles to the next available landing.


Located in the little town of Nimrod, Stigman’s Mound Park was originally established by the Nimrod Grange organization, and is now owned by the County. It is named for Dick Stigman, who was raised in Nimrod, and later went on to play professional baseball and pitch for the Minnesota Twins.  This little park does not offer overnight camping but hosts a good sized shelter for family picnics and outdoor organizational meetings, and outhouses are available.  Canoes cannot be landed at this site, however they can be landed across the river from this picnic area and access to the park gained by walking across the bridge.  From here it is 1 mile to the next available landing.


Down river one mile from Nimrod is the 14 acre County campground named for one of Nimrod’s first citizens.   In the early 1940’s a Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camp was set up in this location.  This popular campground on the river is a terrific place for swimming with its sandy bottom and gentle current.   From here it is 6 miles to the next available landing.



Legend has it that this former Indian lookout point was used for Indian gatherings and ceremonies that honored the Indian deities.  Regardless of the legend, this landing on the river will provide you with a beautiful and vast view of the river.  This campground is somewhat more remote.  From this County-owned campground it is approximately 5.5 miles to the next available landing. 


This unique County-owned campground has an upper and a lower level for camping.  The lower level allows a panoramic view of the river accessed by the gently descending rustic stairway.  The upper level, while providing access to the river via the stairway, is surrounded by forest and really gives the effect of camping in the woods.  A popular place for tubers to get on the water, it is approximately 3 miles to the next available landing.


Cottingham is a very popular park for picnicking and swimming.  It is part of a 56 acre property owned by Wadena County with trails for walking.  A through trail from Cottingham Park to Bullard’s Bluff Park provides approximately 2.5 miles of nature walking, horseback riding, ATV riding, and hiking.  Cottingham is also unique in that it has campsites available for accommodating horse enthusiasts.  Located just to the south of Wahoo Valley, this is also a popular spot for landing tubes and canoes.  From here it is 5.5 miles to the next available landing.