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Location: Elba/St. Charles.  I-90 exit 233.  Appx 25 mi E of Rochester. 

Lodging: drive-in campgrounds, walk-in sites, group camps, group center, camper cabin

Activities: hiking, swimming

Lake/River: Whitewater River

Special Attractions: Elba fire tower north of park

Whitewater DNR

View from Eagle Point

So I've been to this park many many times, but haven't camped. Just walked around. All the trails are nice and the overlooks are pretty good. Don't go on the trails after it's been raining because many of them are either steep and/or have drop offs where you wouldn't want to slip! The campgrounds are ok. The non-electric section being a bit more private (more so in the Cedar Hill campground). This is a very popular park!! If spots are full there, try Carley, which is fairly close. Nearby fun is the Elba Fire Tower with awesome views of the bluff country (see last photo below), though there is quite a climb...before even reaching the tower! Swimming area is nice with a smooth bottom.

Columbine

Chimney Rock

Elba Fire Tower View