Rice Lake State Park

Owatonna, Minnesota

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Rice Lake was once a source of wild rice for Native Americans. Today the lake is popular with canoers for its calm waters and scenic shores. (Note: There aren’t any game fish in the lake, but Lake Kohlmeier (10 miles away) has bluegill and northern pike.) There are 5 miles of hiking trails and about 3 miles each of cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in the winter. This is a quiet park, frequented by bird-watchers who come for the annual migrations of whistling swans and various geese. Wildflower enthusiasts have a lot to appreciate in the spring, and the tall hardwood stands make for some impressively scenic hiking. The campsites are well spaced and have plenty of tree cover. Pets are allowed.
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by Amy Rea (Falcon Guides)

Rice Lake was once a source of wild rice for Native Americans. Today the lake is popular with canoers for its calm waters and scenic shores. (Note: There aren’t any game fish in the lake, but Lake Kohlmeier (10 miles away) has bluegill and northern pike.) There are 5 miles of hiking trails and about 3 miles each of cross-country ski and snowmobile trails in the winter.

This is a quiet park, frequented by bird-watchers who come for the annual migrations of whistling swans and various geese. Wildflower enthusiasts have a lot to appreciate in the spring, and the tall hardwood stands make for some impressively scenic hiking. The campsites are well spaced and have plenty of tree cover. Pets are allowed.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Owatonna
Campsites: 60
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Snowmobiling, Boat Launch, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Birding, Cross Country Skiing
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: (866) 857-2757; www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/rice_lake/index.html
Fees per Night: $10-$20+
Facilities: Picnic tables, fire rings, hiking trails, boat ramp, playground, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails, flush and non-flush toilets, wheelchair-accessible toilets, showers, drinking water.
Driving Directions: Directions to Rice Lake State Park

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