Choose; to fish for Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout on the South Branch, Middle Branch, Crow Spring Brook, Main Branch or Beaver Creek.
2,700 acres 292,413 annual visits Nearly 50 kinds of mammals and 250 kinds of birds use the Whitewater River Valley during the course of a year.
Wild turkeys are in the valley and bald eagles can be found year-around. In the spring, listen and look for the rare bird, the Louisiana waterthrush. Of Minnesota’s rare animals and plants, 43 percent live in the Blufflands.
Nearly 450 million years ago, shallow seas covered most of North America, including southeastern Minnesota. On its bed, sediment accumulated that turned into rock hundreds of feet thick. When the sea withdrew, erosion carved through the bedrock, creating the original valleys and bluffs found in what is now Whitewater State Park. More recently, glacial meltwaters sculpted the cliffs and valleys.
When settlers arrived, they found a great diversity of plant life in the Blufflands Landscape Region. In the valleys, they discovered a rich, bottomland forest with clean, spring-fed streams teeming with native brook trout. Oaks grew on some slopes with maple and basswood trees on other slopes. South facing hillsides were covered with prairie. Much of the uplands contained oak savanna, gently rolling prairie with scattered oaks. This Southern Oak Barrens Landscape Region is one of the rarest vegetative community types in Minnesota.
“Dakota Indians named the river Whitewater because it turned milky white in the spring as high water eroded light-colored clay deposits along its banks. Settlers removed much of the native vegetation in order to farm and graze the land. In 1900, flooding related to land use began. Almost two decades later, local citizens lobbied successfully to establish Whitewater State Park to protect some of the most beautiful parts of the valley. Due to land use practices that were unsuited to the Blufflands rough landscape, flooding increased through the 1920s and 1930s leading to the abandonment of valley farms and towns. In 1938 the nearby town of Beaver flooded 28 times, marking the worst year of flooding in Whitewater Valley. In the early 1940s, state and federal conservation officials worked with local landowners and implemented sweeping conservation measures. Richard Dorer of the Minnesota Department of Conservation (now the Department of Natural Resources) designed a plan for the revival of the Whitewater River Valley. Grass, shrubs, and trees were planted on the slopes. On the uplands, contoured fields and terraces were laid out. Dikes were built forming ponds. The burning of hillside forests was banned. Some erosion prone lands were purchased, which now makes up the 28,000 acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area adjacent to Whitewater State Park. “
The Whitewater Valley offers anglers of all abilities challenges while chasing Brown and Rainbow Trout and Brook Char. Your guide will assist you with maximizing your time on the water in the Whitewater Valley according to your skills and desired experience. Trips in the Whitewater System are offered January through October.
What to bring – a rod, reel, waders, hat, polarized sunglasses, rain coat, and beverages. Concessions and hot food are available in Elba, Minnesota, at the Elba Valley Express Station and Mauer Brothers Restaurant and Bar.
The Whitewater System. Single Angler Day Trip Fee is $175, per angler, for up to three anglers. Book your trip today! Choose; to fish for Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout on the South Branch, Middle Branch, Crow Spring Brook, Main Branch or Beaver Creek.
Accomodations – Hotels and Motels –
St. Charles Victorian Lace Inn & Tea Room 1512 Whitewater Ave St Charles, MN 55972 Phone: (507)932-4496
White Valley Motel 449 W 6TH St St Charles, MN 55972 Phone: 507-932-3142
Plainview Country Life 305 W Broadway Plainview, MN 55964 Phone: (507)534-4282
Camping – Lazy D Trail Rides 18748 County Road 39 Altura, MN (507) 932-3098Website – Directions
Whitewater State Park 19041 Highway 74 Altura, MN (507) 932-3007 Website – Directions
Carley State Park Plainview, Minnesota Website – Directions