Interstate State Park - Minnesota - Spring

Taylors Falls Travel Blog

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St. Croix River downstream

With the warm temperatures and rain last week, another visit to Interstate was due.  It was supposed to be warm and sunny, but instead it was sort of warm and cloudy.  The snow was mostly gone from the park and the river level had risen.  It felt so good to be outside and we had the park almost to ourselves.  We stopped to do the geocache first, since the snow was too deep in January.  We drove to the boat tour place to look at the water.  I don't like water much, especially this fast, muddy, churning river.  I stayed back - just in case the dam let loose and flooded the whole area.  The river was flowing at a pretty good clip, but it was still ice dammed in a couple spots.

My friend and I walked around the rocks and just sat enjoying the view.

A little pothole!
  We climbed all over the potholes and trails and made our own trails.  It smelled and felt like spring.  We climbed out to Angle Rock, which forces the St. Croix River to take a sharp turn, and watched some deer and river otters on the Wisconsin side of the river.  We also saw the first bugs of the season.  I don't know what they were, but they were EVERYWHERE!  You couldn't touch the railing, or even rocks, without squishing them or having them run all over you.  We made our way to the end of the pothole trail right as the upper ice dam broke up so we got to watch the ice floating downstream and crashing into the lower ice dam.  Just for fun, I climbed in a pothole that was just my size. 

After the potholes we decided it was time to eat lunch, so we walked up to the little cafe across the street.  It was called the Chisago House and had really good food for very reasonable prices.  This area gets very touristy in summer, so I imagine this cafe does quite well.  I also looked up at the DNR website and noticed there will be construction in the park on the potholes area and parking this summer, but they hope to have it mostly open on weekends.  So good luck if you try to visit!   

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St. Croix River downstream
St. Croix River downstream
A little pothole!
A little pothole!
St. Croix River near the geocache
St. Croix River near the geocache
St. Croix River at the boat tour p…
St. Croix River at the boat tour …
Rocks!
Rocks!
I love rocks!
I love rocks!
looking upstream
looking upstream
sitting on a rock
sitting on a rock
Wisconsin side of the park
Wisconsin side of the park
rocks and trees
rocks and trees
little pothole
little pothole
its my head
its my head
narrow passage
narrow passage
square potholes?
square potholes?
upper ice dam
upper ice dam
climbin Angle Rock
climbin Angle Rock
looking upstream from Angle Rock
looking upstream from Angle Rock
walking inside merged potholes
walking inside merged potholes
Devils Kettle - water even higher…
Devil's Kettle - water even highe…
the deep pothole
the deep pothole
ice floating down
ice floating down
scratches inside pothole
scratches inside pothole
baby pothole
baby pothole
me in a pothole
me in a pothole
Taylors Falls
photo by: alyssa_ob