Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes is home to a variety of wild places, including pristine areas that exist within the Twin Cities Metro Area. Allow your adventurous spirit to explore close to home. Get a taste of camping by cooking wonderful meals, hiking trails, and paddling clear waters. Spend your evenings tucked around the campfire talking with new friends, playing games, and sharing stories.
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Day 1: Begin the trip with a hike among the pines
Meet at Minnesota's William O'Brien State Park in the early afternoon. After a group orientation, set up camp, and get to know your surroundings as you embark on trails that wind by the St. Croix River, Lake Alice and majestic 100-year old pine trees. Settle into your campsite among towering white pines and spruce trees while enjoying a campfire.
Day 2: Learn how to paddle on Lake Alice
Rise to the aroma of coffee and breakfast before enjoying a paddle on Lake Alice and an afternoon of fishing or swimming. Be on the lookout for bald eagles that grace the trees and sky. Enjoy dinner and group games followed by a fire under the stars.
Day 3: Enjoy one last morning paddle or hike and say farewell to your trip mates
Take a mid-morning paddle or hike. Look for wintergreen and wildflowers. Eat one last lunch together before packing for the trip home. The trip officially ends in the early afternoon.
Dates & Fees
WI leads trips to William O’Brien State Park but currently has no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE CHOICES: Much of the time is spent at camp or participating in other nearby activities which may include canoeing, swimming, fishing or hiking.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: You will be base-camping at a group campsite. The site is large, flat and accessible. An average day’s activities may consist of hiking, canoeing and exploring the immediate area. Outings typically range between 2 and 5 hours, depending on weather conditions.
WEATHER: Temperatures in the summer months range from 45 F to 85 F. Rainfall can vary, but you should expect at least one day of rain.
LODGING/BATHROOM FACILITIES: This is a camping trip. At night you will sleep in a comfortable tent. Typically, there are 3 to 4 people per tent (although other arrangements can be made). We recommend that you bring your own personal sleeping bag and camprest foam core inflatable mattress (a limited number of sleeping bags and mattresses are available for individuals who need them). Bathroom facilities consist of an outhouse. We make every effort to ensure privacy and cleanliness.
MEALS: The food we bring is plentiful, nutritious, and geared for families. You can expect meals like burritos, pasta, and chicken stir-fry for dinner; sandwiches, fruit, and trail mix for lunch; pancakes, eggs, and bacon for breakfast and plenty of good coffee! If you have special dietary restrictions, be sure to list them on your registration.
GROUP SIZE: The group size ranges from 4 to 15 participants, plus 1 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however most people pitch in where they can. Part of the adventure involves learning about daily camp activities.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: No previous experience is needed to complete this trip.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: If you are new to outdoor activities, you need not spend a lot of money on gear. Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group gear and equipment. You will be assigned the same gear for the duration of your trip and it will be sanitized between trips. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.
COVID VACCINATION: All participants (and our staff) are required to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date (including the booster). Please see our website for the most recent information. https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/covid19/
HEALTH PRE-SCREENING: We encourage you to self-screen for any signs of illness prior to your trip’s departure. Please contact Wilderness Inquiry if you are exhibiting signs of illness or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the 2 weeks prior to your trip departure date.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: All participants and staff must wear a well-fitted mask while riding in a Wilderness Inquiry van or participating with Wilderness Inquiry transportation. Masks are not required outdoors although some individuals may choose to wear a mask. Please respect these choices. Please ensure proper hygiene including, but not limited to, hand-washing and/or sanitizing before eating and after using the restroom. Individuals that become ill or test positive for COVID-19 during a Wilderness Inquiry experience are responsible for their own transportation and expenses to depart the trip.Read more »