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.
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Camping is open for the season. But, due to weather conditions, the road to access the main campground, walk-in and group sites is still closed. Before making reservations or coming out to camp on these sites, please call the park office at the number below for updates. The road to the picnic area and cart-in sites is now open.
It's finally Spring and almost all ofthe snow is gone. But be advised, that trails, gravel roads and parking lots may be wet and muddy, and may have some twigs and small branches on them.
Once again there will be construction on I-35 this summer. There are several places along I-35, from Eagan south to just past Owatonna, that will have some construction.
Please check MNDOT Current Construction for updates.
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
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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 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.