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Rice Lake State Park

Owatonna, MN
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Ranked #5 of 20 attractions in Owatonna
Type: State Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: A blend of marsh, lake, meadows and woods and an ideal place for birdwatching.
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Long Prairie, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 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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Owatonna MN
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 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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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Stopped in Rice Lake State Park for a one night camp between destinations. Got in around 7PM, later than I would have liked, and self registered. As I drove into the campsites the car was attacked by flies. Never seen anything like it in my life; it was like something out of a horror movie. Checked out early the next... More

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Rice Lake Park is an easy 15 minute drive from Owatonna and a great place for a relaxing walk in the woods. There's no special natural features, but it's a well kept place with a variety of trails and lake views.

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Kasson, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This park isn't a challenging hike, but a fun place to picnic and watch the water. There is a hiking trail, VERY EASY, but kept my boys entertained and there was no complaining. We enjoyed our picnic lunch by the water.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Nice state park on the outskirts of Owatonna, MN. The park is tucked around farm land which is evident when hiking the unmarked trails. I do not get why some of the parks lack signs marking trails. The lake does not allow gas boats, but you can load a canoe or trolling powered boat. Has few amenities, but is a... More

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New York City, New York
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94 reviews 94 reviews
23 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is a nice state park, though, far from perfect. It is only about 15 minutes from Owatonna. It is pretty and is a nice location to wander around. The camping is lousy, unless you're a local. They don't seem to mind that lack of privacy and the fact that hiking trails go through the camping sites. Some sites sit... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

It's a nice place to go out for a walk in the woods. Everything in Minnesota is pretty and this is no different

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Wonderful hiking trails. Enjoyed the geo catching.

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