Rice Lake State Park

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Rice Lake State Park

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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.

Visitor Alert!

Waterfowl Season:

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on Rice Lake but the hunting season is currently closed from now through 10/14. It will reopen on Thursday, 10/15.

Please Note:

While the park is open year round for day use, our camping season will end on Oct. 18, 2015. Camping will reopen April 2016.

I-35 Construction:

I-35 is under construction through November. Lane and ramp closures change periodically, so for the most recent information, please check the links below.

I-35 Owatonna Facebook Updates. This link leads to an external site.

DOT info about I-35 Bridge/Pavement Replacement. This link leads to an external site.

Updated October 5, 2015

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Virtual Tour:

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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.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Rice Lake State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Spring and Fall Migration

tree Birdwatching

tree Great Variety of Songbirds/Waterfowl

tree Wildflowers

tree Canoeing

tree Nature Observation


Best time to contact the park:

Office hours vary. If no one is available, please leave a message.

When office is closed, please use the self-registration area at the front of the office to purchase daily and annual permits, and to register for camping. Annual permits purchased through self-registration will be mailed.


8485 Rose Street
Owatonna, MN 55060

tel: 507-455-5871

email: rice.lake.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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.