Beaver Creek Valley State Park, Caledonia

#96 of 142 in Nature in Minnesota
Beaver Creek Valley State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, featuring a steep, narrow valley carved by East Beaver Creek. This spring-fed stream is a fishing destination for its native brook trout, and introduced brown trout. The park rests on a heavily forested valley, up to 250ft deep in places, amidst the farmland of southeastern Minnesota. Located near the town of Caledonia, the park was developed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. The parkland exhibits the highly stream-carved terrain characteristic of the Driftless Area.
Between 500 and 450 million years ago shallow inland seas covered the region. Sediment built up into a layer called Oneota dolomite followed by a layer called Jordan sandstone, followed by a second layer of dolomite. Today the Jordan sandstone forms the walls of the valley while the upper layer of dolomite caps the ridges. Both types of rock are water-permeable, resulting in numerous springs.
The deep valley of East Beaver Creek is indicative of the Driftless Area. Whereas most of the Midwestern United States was blanketed with till, or drift, by three successive ice ages, the Driftless Area remained ice-free. Therefore, streams and rivers have had a longer time to cut into their beds, eroding deep valleys and leaving high ridges.
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  • It's a very nice park but a little more rustic. The creek and trails are beautiful. It's very quiet and great to disconnect. However, to get cell service, you either have to leave the park or climb one of the steep trails to get out of the valley a bit. The steep trails are not long but may be too difficult for the very young or elderly. The trail that runs directly along the creek is flat and mowed. The creek itself is Crystal clear and you can see the fish swimming. The natural springs are also very nice. My reason for docking one star is vault toilet only and the single straight road results in traffic moving faster which makes it a little less safe for kids walking around. Everything else was enjoyable though.
  • Fantastic! Quieter state park with lots of trails to explore for different abilities. We stayed at site 30 right along the babbling creek. That was nice to listen to. Not so many bugs for early August. The water is so clear and cold. The valley is cooler than surrounding highlands on hot summer days. The non-electric sites are fairly spread out, for the most part, so you don't have a neighbor sitting on top of you. The birding here is great!

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