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Address: Owatonna, MN
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A blend of marsh, lake, meadows and woods and an ideal place for...

A blend of marsh, lake, meadows and woods and an ideal place for birdwatching.

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Small State Park but great for birds and water fowl

This is a small State Park in Minnesota butt the opportunities for viewing birds and water fowl are big. It is situated on a mostly private someone to Shallow Lake. I believe... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 May 2016
jshallow01
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Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and our two dogs visited Rice Lake State Park today to burn off some steam and enjoy the awesome weather. The trails are pretty flat and easy which made for a nice leisurely hike. It was 30 degrees, no wind, and the sun was shining. The paths are wide and we'll marked. It's a pretty small park, but... More 

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

This is a small State Park in Minnesota butt the opportunities for viewing birds and water fowl are big. It is situated on a mostly private someone to Shallow Lake. I believe there is only one other property other than the state that is on this week. They do have an area with information about different types of water fowl... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

We did about a two and a half mile hike. It is very pretty and mostly flat and smooth. It was a bit muddy in places after the spring rains. The frogs were very numerous as were the water fowl.

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Thank 2Travel-4funNow
Owatonna, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

This is a small quiet park, easy to get to, with paved roads to the park. Nothing fancy here, but is a great get away for peace and quiet, for picnics and camping. Great for locals to use for a relaxing day. This could be one of those parks that you will want to use it, or we could loose... More 

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1 Thank Carl W
Owatonna
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

This State Park is only about 6 miles east of Owatonna. They have camping, canoeing, walking trails, and a great site to have a picnic.

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david.pattison@chrobinson.com
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

we are hikers, and stopped in here to get a break from the road construction traffic on I-35. this is one of the smaller state parks I've been to. there wasn't much for a hiking trail system. more like a nice walk along the lake to a nice picnic area. fortunately for us there was a breeze off the lake... More 

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Thank Daveptaz
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Well it's not a bad park but the insects are bad. Just make sure you have some strong insect repelent on hand. There were some nice trails here and the lake was nice. There were some nice grasslands here and the forest was cool to hike through. Not my first choice for a state park hiking adventure but it's alright.

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1 Thank Justin B
Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We stayed here in site 20 (I think!) as a stopover on our road trip. A seemingly not-busy campground. The lake is for fishing, but not swimming. A few trails and they are nice. My husband tried to take a shower but the button was broke and apparently the water ran all night without stopping making for an ice-cold shower.... More 

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1 Thank JCJake
Long Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

We stopped here last weekend to get in one more state park as well as the hiking trail and the geocache. It was fairly wet as the snow is melting away but that's expected in early April. ;) The lady working was just closing shop but was kind enough to let us purchase a patch while we were there. She... More 

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3 Thank TayleBell
Owatonna MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

Each year in mid-February the Friends of Rice Lake State Park (RLSP) host a weekend ski and snowshoe event. There is access to several miles of trails that are groomed for several days before the event. The Friends host a warming house, ski and showshoe rental and free hot chocolate and cookies. This year the weather was perfect...and there were... More 

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