Around 1920, local citizens lobbied successfully to establish Whitewater State Park to protect some of the most beautiful parts of the Whitewater River Valley. Picturesque limestone bluffs and deep ravines make Whitewater a very popular park. It is an angler’s paradise with brown, brook and rainbow trout swimming in the spring-fed Whitewater River and Trout Run Creek. Visitors enjoy a sandy swimming beach, a year-round visitor center, easy-to-challenging hiking trails, camping, staying at the group center in rustic, winterized cabins. Winter visitors enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Nearly 50 kinds of mammals and 250 kinds of birds use the Whitewater River Valley during the course of a year. Wild turkeys and bald eagles can be found year-round. In the spring, listen and look for a rare bird, the Louisiana waterthrush. Of Minnesota’s rare animals and plants, 43 percent live in the Blufflands.