Located in nearby Taylor’s Falls, this park offers great year-round fun for the entire family; in the summer months the park offers a water park, Alpine slides, go-karts, canoe rentals, a campground, as well as private charters, dinner cruises, and daily boat trips that explore the scenic surroundings. In the winter, the area is great for skiing and snowboarding, with great terrain, and programs that can accommodate all age and experience levels. The location also has a banquet facility that can comfortably accommodate up to three hundred fifty guests.
Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours
Since 1906 tourists by the thousands have enjoyed the scenic beauty of the world famous Dalles of the St. Croix River by excursion boat. Their fleet of excursion boats include the Taylors Falls Queen and the Taylors Falls Princess. Your guide will point out the unique rock formations that were left behind as the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago. Among the most outstanding formations is the huge stone cross for which the St. Croix River was named. “St. Croix” means Holy Cross. You can also see the world’s largest glacial kettles or “pot holes” (And you thought the Minnesota roads had big ones), Lion’s Head, Turk’s Head and the highlight of the boat tour, The Old Man of the Dalles – one of the most outstanding natural rock face you’ll ever see!
Canoe and Kayak Rental on the St. Croix River
The St. Croix River is one of the cleanest and healthiest river systems in the United States. It flows through some of the most scenic and undeveloped country in the Midwest, which makes it a favorite recreational river for young and old alike. Thousands of birds migrate up and down the river every year using the backwaters for shelter and feeding. Keep an eye out for beaver, otters, white-tailed deer, and even bald eagles along your canoe/kayak trek. Their most popular trips vary in length from two to six hours starting in Minnesota Interstate Park in Taylors Falls and continuing downstream on the St. Croix to either the Osceola Landing or William O’Brien State Park. (We recommend taking the longer route to William O’Brien if you have the time)
Local one-way canoe or kayak trips are available 7 days a week. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Begin the trip at your convenience from their rental base and catch their scheduled shuttle bus back to your car at the day’s end.
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