Extensive And Welcome Rehab Underway at Popular SE Minnesota Park
Elba, MN (KROC AM News) - Campers and visitors will see some noticeable and welcome changes during future visits to one of the most popular state parks in Minnesota.
Several rehab projects began this spring at the Cedar Hill campground at Whitewater State Park and they are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
- a new accessible shower building with a solar thermal hot water system, LED lights, and low flow fixtures to reduce energy and water demands
- four new accessible vault toilets
- additional accessible campsites and longer parking spurs at campsites to accommodate the larger recreational vehicles
- upgraded electrical service at campsites in the Upper Cedar loops.
- Improved drainage and stormwater management
- tree and shrub plantings to provide more screening and shade.
- a new campground septic system.
- new paved roads, designed with better traffic flow to minimize camper disturbance.
The $4-million project is being paid for by the state’s Legacy Fund and state bonds.
The Minnesota DNR says the rehab project “is the next step in a comprehensive redesign of the park’s campgrounds to enhance campers’ experiences while eliminating the hazards associated with flash flooding on the Whitewater River. This effort began in 2011 and has included decommissioning of the Gooseberry Glen Campground and establishment of a new Minneiska Campground.”
The 2700-acre Whitewater State Park is located midway between Rochester and Winona. The DNR says it consistently ranks among the top ten most-visited Minnesota state parks.