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Pack Outing May 3 - William O'Brien State Park

posted Apr 20, 2015, 10:00 AM by Cub Scout Pack 151   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 11:52 AM ]


Explore this beautiful State Park with your family and friends! We’ll start with a brief Naturalist talk at the Ampitheater. Parking and bathrooms are nearby.

William O'Brien State Park
Sunday, May 3
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet at the Ampitheater

16821 O'Brien Trail N.
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 (driving directions)

About this hike

This is an easy age appropriate hike.  The accessible Riverside Trail is 1.5 miles long, is fairly level, and is a perfect first-time hike. It winds by the scenic St. Croix River and Lake Alice. Rest areas, some with benches, are located approximately every 900 feet in case little feet get tired. Here's a map of the Riverside Trail

Scouts may earn the Hiking Belt Loop

Cub Scouts who Do Their Best to bring along their own Cub Scouts Outdoor Essentials, hike with a buddy and participate on this hike will earn the Cub Scouts Hiking Belt loop.  

This special award will be presented at the end of the hike as everyone returns to the Ampitheater. The hike may also count towards your son's rank requirements or electives.

Cub Scouts Outdoor Essentials (details here) Scouts should carry their own lightweight versions of these in a small daypack:

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Filled Water Bottle
  3. Flashlight
  4. Trail Food
  5. Sun & Insect Protection
  6. Whistle
  7. Rain Gear
  8. Map and Compass
  9. Pocketknife (Bears & Webelos with Whittling Chip only)
  10. Matches or Fire Starters (Bears & Webelos with fire safety training only)

Details about the Hiking Belt Loop are here.

What to bring

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Wear comfortable, closed toe walking shoes.
  • Scouts (and Adult Leaders) should wear their uniforms.
  • Scouts should bring a small daypack containing their Cub Scouts Outdoor Essentials. It's a good idea for everyone to carry their own too.
  • Bring the required, completed forms for each person participating. This includes an Annual Health & Medical Record.

$5 per vehicle daily permit fee

Since we're exploring a MN State Park, you'll need to purchase a MN State Parks daily vehicle permit at the ranger station when you arrive. The daily permit is $5 per vehicle.

Also available: A year-round vehicle permit provides unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase. An annual vehicle permit costs $25.

Purchase your vehicle permit near the entrance at the park office.

About this park

William O'Brien State Park is a 1,520-acre MN State Park. Its hiking trails traverse rolling glacial moraine, riparian zones, restored oak savanna, wooded areas and bogs. It is a popular place for birdwatching, picnics, camping, cross-country skiing, canoeing, fishing, and other typical outdoor recreational activities.

The park is located approximately two miles north of the town of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.

View, print and bring along the Riverside Trail map.
View, print and bring along the park's Facilities and Features Map


If you have any questions about this Pack Outing, please email