Nestled in the bluffs of southeastern Minnesota, Beaver Creek Valley State Park is known for its clear streams fed by the “Big Spring.” Its streams are home to brown and native brook trout. In spring, wildflowers blanket the woodland hills and valleys and attract migratory songbirds like the rare Acadian flycatcher, Cerulean warbler, and Louisiana waterthrush; these species all nest in the park. A hiking trail meanders along the stream and up into a maple-basswood and oak forest. Campers are lulled to sleep by the murmuring stream.

The park is situated in one of the most interesting geologic areas in Minnesota, the “driftless area.” The area covers 10,000 square miles in adjoining parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, which were untouched by the most recent glacial advances. However, as the glaciers receded, torrents of meltwater poured into streams and rivers, carving deep rugged valleys. These rocky walls are made up of a layer of sandstone sandwiched between two layers of dolomite, which were deposited by inland seas between 450 and 500 million years ago.

Beaver Creek Valley State Park is in the Blufflands Landscape Region. It is a nature lover’s paradise because of the diversity of natural communities. Bottomland hardwoods such as black ash, willow, box elder, cottonwood, and elm grow in the valley while a mix of maple, walnut, basswood and oak thrive above the valley. Small patches of native prairie and oak savanna occupy some of the south and west-facing slopes in the park.

Location

Beaver Creek Valley State Park Minnesota
15954 County Rd 1, Caledonia, MN 55921, United States

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Hours

Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Fees

Daily camping maximum: $19.00

Daily camping minimum: $15.00

Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.

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Contact Details

Phone: (507) 724-2107

Email: beavercreek.statepark@state.mn.us

Official Website: Beaver Creek Valley State Park

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Beaver Creek Valley State Park:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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