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“Nice little state park”

Rice Lake State Park
Ranked #7 of 23 things to do in Owatonna
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Owner description: A blend of marsh, lake, meadows and woods and an ideal place for birdwatching.
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice little state park”
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.

Visited September 2012
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Kasson, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fun hike”
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
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Nice Park”
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
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Pretty park but lousy camping! A gem in Owatonna.”
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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125 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A nice place to walk”
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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