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“Fun hike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rice Lake State Park

Rice Lake State Park
Owatonna, MN
507-455-5871
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Ranked #9 of 21 things to do in Owatonna
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: A blend of marsh, lake, meadows and woods and an ideal place for birdwatching.
Kasson, Minnesota
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun hike”
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.

Visited May 2012
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Minnesota
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“Nice Park”
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 nice park to visit. Plan on camping, hiking, and fishing.

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Pretty park but lousy camping! A gem in Owatonna.”
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 on top of each other. We camped there just once. We thought we had a spectaccular spot. That is until the next morning when people started hiking through our spot beginning at 8:00 am on a sunday morning. As it was, we had to hike through another occupied camping spot to get to the restrooms. It sits on Rice Lake where one can cayak or canoe, though I wouldn't fish there. Kayaking is nice though. There are bathrooms.
All in all a nice way to spend a day, though I wouldn't camp there again.

Visited April 2012
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“A nice place to walk”
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

Visited April 2012
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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“Great camping”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Wonderful hiking trails. Enjoyed the geo catching.

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