Long ago, American Indians harvested wild rice from this lake where today, the shallow waters and marshy edges of Rice Lake attract many waterfowl during migrations. Rice Lake is a major wetland in the area. Visitors enjoy camping under the tall hardwoods, photographing spring wildflowers, picnicking, and birdwatching. For a more secluded camping experience, paddle across the lake and camp in a canoe campsite. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on the trails.
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Camping season is OPEN
The water is still OFF, but is scheduled to be turned on and the shower building open on May 5, 2017. Until then, water is available behind the park office.
Some trails and sites are still a little wet and muddy, but things are beginning to dry out.
At the end of the winter drawdown, the lake is about one foot lower than normal for this time of year.
(Updated April 1, 2017)
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Rice Lake State Park.
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Late fall, winter, and early spring:
Office hours vary. Please contact the park office, at the number below, for times. If no one is available, please leave a message.
When the office is closed, use the self-service area at the front of the office to purchase daily and annual permits. Annual permits purchased through self-service will be mailed.
8485 Rose Street
Owatonna, MN 55060
Located 7 miles east of Owatonna on Rose Street. From Hwy 35, take exit 42A. Follow the signs to Rose Street. East on Rose Street to the park.