Carley State Park

19041 Hwy 74
Altura, MN 55910


Beauty and quiet, that is the essence of Carley State Park. In the spring, delicate bluebells (Mertensia virginica), and other wildflowers carpet the valley with a profusion of color. Hike along the trail that follows the Whitewater River and take in the grand old white pines. Listen for the sweet song of orioles, song sparrows, house wrens, and indigo buntings. Enjoy the picnic area, play on the swings or practice softball. Try your hand at horseshoes or sit back and see a red-tailed hawk ride thermals in the sky. The north branch of the Whitewater River is a designated trout stream and provides habitat for brown trout. Rustic campsites are located near the picnic area.

Park Highlights:

Fishing/Trout Stream
Spring Wildflowers
White Pine Stands
Bluebells in May


Drive-in Sites 20 Sites
Secluded sites in wooded area.

RV Length Limit 30 Feet
Length is from front of tow vehicle to rear of vehicle being towed.

Group Camp 2 Sites
Sites are located a short hike from the parking area. Vault toilets, hand pump for water, picnic tables, and fire rings available. Tents only.
Site 1 - Accommodates up to 20 people.
Site 2 - Accommodates up to 15 people.



Hiking 5 Miles
The trail criss-crosses the north branch of the Whitewater River numerous times. Excellent spring wildflower viewing along trails.


Cross Country Skiing 2 miles of trails.
All trails are ungroomed.

Snowshoe Anywhere in Park

Recreation Facilities

Picnic Area One Picnic Area
Includes a play area with swings, grills and tables.

Picnic Shelter Open Shelter
Playground In Picnic Area
Golf Course Within 10 Miles

Water Source Stream within the park.

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