Whetstone Gulf State Park is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 56 wooded campsites- some of which are electric, a scenic picnic area along Whetstone Creek, a man-made swimming area and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, one of which circles the gorge. Above the gorge is Whetstone Reservoir, stocked with tiger muskie and large-mouth bass for fishermen, and popular for canoeing.

Whetstone’s winter recreation season is from mid-December to the first week in March. A heated recreation building with restrooms is open Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. There is no charge for cross-country skiing. Whetstone has approximately 5 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that go through the picnic area, loop around the camping area and follow the exercise trail. The trails accommodate levels of skiers from novice to expert. All skiers should register at the recreation building. No person should start on the trails after 3 p.m. or be on the trails after dark.

Additional information and maps are available at the park entrance booth and recreation building. Snowshoe rentals available $5 per day.