WADENA COUNTY PARKS SYSTEM
PARKS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:
PARKS MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR:
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
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.
$12.00 PER SITE PER NIGHT
(A site is one picnic table and fire ring.)
OLD WADENA RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE BY CONTACTING THE WADENA
COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT AT: (218) 631-7604
Click here for a
Reservation Form & Reservation Fee information
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
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,
and sandy swimming area and place to launch tubes
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
From here it is approximately 3.5 miles to
the next campground.
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.
ANDERSON’S CROSSING CAMPGROUND
STIGMAN’S MOUND PARK
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
here it is 1 mile to the next available landing.
FRAME’S LANDING CAMPGROUND
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
Legend has it that this former Indian lookout point was used
for Indian gatherings and ceremonies that honored the Indian
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.
WHITE DOG CAMPGROUND
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.
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
riding, ATV riding, and hiking.
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