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Pack Outing: William O'Brien State Park Sunday, May 3

posted Apr 1, 2015, 7:35 PM by Cub Scout Pack 151   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 8:48 AM ]

Explore William O'Brien State Park - May 3

Join us for Pack 151's Spring Outing!

Take an easy hike with your family and friends along the park's scenic Riverside Trail. The trail winds by the St. Croix River and Lake Alice. We’ll start with a MN State Park Naturalist talk at the Ampitheater. Parking and bathrooms are nearby. Rest areas, some with benches, are located approximately every 900 feet in case little feet get tired.

Pack Outing: William O'Brien State Park
Sunday, May 3

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet at the park's Ampitheater

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


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. 

Earn the Cub Scouts Hiking Belt Loop

All participating Cub Scouts who do their best to bringing along their Cub Scouts Outdoor Essentials in a small backpack will earn the Cub Scouts Hiking Belt loop and complete requirements towards rank advancement or rank electives.

Details about the Hiking Belt Loop is here.

About the park

William O'Brien State Park is a 1,520-acre (6.2 km2) state park of Minnesota, USA, along the St. Croix River. 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.

Required forms to bring along

To participate in this activity BSA requires we collect two forms from each participant.  Before this outing, please download, complete, print out two forms.  Saving the completed forms to your own computer is recommended.  You'll need them again for other outings and/or camps.

  1. Activity Consent Form
  2. Annual Health & Medical Record

What else to bring?

Rain or shine - this is an outdoor experience. Dress appropriately for anticipated weather. Wear sturdy closed-toe footwear - no sandals.

In a small/lightweight daypack, each Scout should carry his own essential items.  Our website has a list of the Cub Scout 10 Outdoor Essentials.  

If you'd like, you can download, print and bring this free map with you: Riverside Trail MapFacilities & Features Map

Words of wisdom:  Don't bring anything on a hike that you can't live without. Leave the electronics at home (unless used as a camera).