Programs and events at Whitewater State Park


In the event of hazardous winter weather, call the park office to check on program cancellations at 507-312-2300.

All programs begin at the visitor center unless stated otherwise.

22nd Annual Whitewater River Valley Christmas Bird Count
Monday, January 1, from 8 a.m. to noon

Participants will explore the area’s winter wonderland on foot for short walks and/or by car as they document wintering birds. Anyone with an interest in birds, regardless of birding experience, is invited to participate. Meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center at 8 a.m. There will be a fire in the woodstove and hot beverages and homemade treats provided. What a great way to start the New Year! To sign up, email or call 507-312-2308.

First Day Hike
Monday, January 1, from 1-3 p.m.

Celebrate the New Year with a family-friendly hike at Whitewater State Park! Attendees explore the winter scenery and learn about the history of the park. If there’s enough snow, they will snowshoe. Bring your snowshoes or borrow the park’s.

Golden Eagle Program
Saturday, January 6, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Find out about golden eagles in the bluff lands from the man who knows them best. Scott Mehus, National Eagle Center education director and Golden Eagle Project co-coordinator, will share his 20-plus years of experience observing golden eagles in Southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin. You’ll learn how to identify golden eagles in the wild and some of the best places to look for these elusive raptors.

Golden Eagle Survey Training

Saturday, January 6, from 12-3 p.m. 

Scott Mehus of the National Eagle Center will host this training session to prepare volunteers for the January 20 Wintering Golden Eagle Survey. There will be an indoor presentation and an outdoor session to practice identifying golden eagles in the field. Sign up for this training by emailing at, or by calling 507-312-2308.

Take a Kid Ice Fishing at Half Moon Landing
Saturday, January 13, from 10 a.m. to noon

Hey kids, want to learn how to ice fish? Join at Half Moon Landing near Kellogg to learn ice-fishing basics. Parents and those 16 years old or older do not need a fishing license during this Take a Kid Ice Fishing weekend when you fish with a child under 16 years old. Space is limited. To sign up, email or call 507-312-2308.

H.O.P. into the Park
Wednesday, January 17, from 10 a.m. to noon

The H.O.P. program (Healthy Older People) is offered mid-month to allow older adults the opportunity to socialize and learn about the natural world. Each month the group welcomes a new speaker to share about interesting topics in the bluff land region. Sheila Harmes of the Whitewater Watershed Board will join in January to share about the governance of water.


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