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Rice Lake State Park

Address: Owatonna, MN
Phone Number: 507-455-5871
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Ranked #8 of 12 Attractions in Owatonna
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: A blend of marsh, lake, meadows and woods and an ideal place for birdwatching.
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: A blend of marsh, lake, meadows and woods and an ideal place for birdwatching.
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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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301 reviews 301 reviews
144 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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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Minnesota
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99 reviews 99 reviews
37 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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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Long Prairie, Minnesota
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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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Minnesota
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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