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Whitewater State Park, Altura

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Whitewater State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, preserving a stretch of the Whitewater River surrounded by rocky bluffs. It is located in Winona County in the southeastern blufflands area of the state. The 2700acre park features scenic overlooks and trout fishing in the spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek. It has about 300,000 visitors annually, and is located 7mi north of St. Charles on Minnesota State Highway 74, which runs through the park.
The park's 1930s facilities are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Whitewater State Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources. The 536acre historic district includes 29 contributing properties. The district was listed for having state-level significance in the themes of architecture, entertainment/recreation, landscape architecture, and politics/government. It was nominated for its examples of New Deal federal work relief, diverse National Park Service rustic design, and landscape architecture on a challenging site.
The park's bedrock is lower Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, with limestone and dolomite especially prevalent near the surface. It is highly dissected, and the Whitewater River has cut deep valleys into the bedrock. It is an area of karst topography.
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  • First fly fishing trip to Whitewater. Very nice woman at the gift shop directed my friend and me to a good spot. Enjoyed several hours of fishing. Beautiful area to fish and hike. Highly recommend.  more »
  • The trail head for this 2.2 mile hike is behind the visitors center. Follow the trail to coyote point and then head back to the visitors center along hwy 74. I hiked on Sunday 4/28 with my dog. After ...  more »
  • I'm so impressed with this place. It's an unexpected gem. Amazing trails, views, and fishing. The beach is great. Campgrounds are fantastic. Park rangers are super helpful. Highly recommend!!!👍
  • Very beautiful must stop spot in MN! Be prepared to climb some major hills on most trails. Campground has recently been expanded so half is pretty bare and open to the elements.

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