St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park encompasses 579 acres along St. Croix River. Family-friendly amenities include a play area, camping, hiking and cross-country ski trails and fishing and boating. It is managed by Washington County.
St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park Play Area
The large play structure is pretty standard and sits on a sandy surface. It's close to the picnic area and sports fields. It is handicapped accessible. If you have an annual pass or are visiting the park for other reasons, the kids will enjoy this playground. The vehicle fee makes visiting for the playground alone a bit impracticable since other similar playgrounds are free to visit. However, the county waives the vehicle fee on the first Tuesday of each month.
Fishing at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park
The fishing pier and boat launch are located near each other on the west side of Lake St. Croix. There are portable restrooms are available nearby. The Minnesota DNR points out that this lake's high level of recreational boating makes fishing challenging. However, more than 60 species of fish have been documented in this lake.
Winter Activities at St. Croix Bluffs
Washington County Parks announced that they would be moving away from the DNR's MN Ski Pass to use their own Nordic Ski Pass. The prices are about the same $6/daily and $30/season, but you will no longer be able to purchase one pass to cover both State Parks and Washington County Parks.
Ski are required for anyone age 18 and older using the ski trails. Learn more about Cross Country skiing in Washington Parks here.
Camping at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park
This park has modern campgrounds. Washington County's camping season runs from late April to late October. Campsites cost between $19-$37/night depending on amenities. For whatever reason, Washington County campgrounds do not allow dogs. They also do no allow alcohol, but that is pretty typical for Minnesota camping and does make for quieter nights and better family camping than Wisconsin campgrounds.
For other camping ideas, including nearby Afton State Park (which does allow dogs), check out FFTC Family Camping Guide: Minnesota State Park Campgrounds.
Prairie Restorations in St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park
Washington County has been busy planting prairies throughout its park system. This includes 10 acres of underutilized turf and crop land in St. Croix Bluffs. The prairies were planted in June of 2019 and will be kept around 10" throughout the growing season to help the native grasses establish. Look for some these prairie areas along the main road.