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St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park beach

The St. Croix River beach


St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is a simple park near the Twin Cities and along the St. Croix River

Bike Ride

It’s an excellent ride to get here, very similar to the ride to Afton State Park (which I have done several times). It’s highways with nice shoulders and relatively low traffic. The last road that you have to take to get there — St. Croix Trail — is no fun. The shoulder is narrow and traffic was high on one of my trips there.


The campground is really big!! And the park has many miles of trails and lots of places to play. The beach is beautiful and great for swimming.

Why I would go again

  • Less popular and well known than Afton State Park and the other parks along the St. Croix, and a nice river location. It’s easier to get a reservation here.

Why I would not go again

  • Not true! I would go again!

Story from Joshua Houdek:

Want a bike camping adventure to a low key, “under the radar” destination? St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is part of the Washington County Park system, just south of popular Afton State Park on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The Bluffs is more of a “manicured” park, not as “natural” as its State Park neighbor to the north. Nevertheless, this means it can be less crowded and easier to secure a campsite especially at peak times (ie. summer weekends). The small swim area on the St. Croix shoreline is a welcome way to cool down on a warm summer day.