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.
CAMPING (as of 11.02.13):
Camping is closed for the season until April 2014. The park is open for day use. Go to Camping Seasons Map to find parks with year round camping options.
WATERFOWL HUNTING (as of 10.19.13):
While there is no hunting in MN State Parks, Rice Lake is a public lake, and waterfowl hunting is allowed on the lake. Due to the current draw down, the boat ramp is not accessible. Contact the park office for other access options.
DRAWDOWN - LAKE LEVELS (as of 10.19.13):
The lake will remain at low levels until spring when it will be allowed to come back up naturally.
I-35 CONSTRUCTION (as of 10.19.13):
Construction still going on between Owatonna and Faribault, and near Elko up to Lakeville.
Check MnDOT and 511mn.org for details/updates:
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
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 Rice Lake State Park.
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 station 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
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.