Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Rice Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Last week's snow definitely improved the trail conditions at the park. Most of the non-motorized trails were packed on Tuesday (1/19)so should be in good shape. There is still limited snow in the area surrounding the park so most of the snowmobile trails have not been groomed.Please note, the warming shelter will remain closed until further notice.

Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 3-4"
Trail mileage: 0
Difficulty: beginner (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 3-4"
Trail mileage: 3

The trail(s):
Trails are a mixture of forest, lake shore and grasslands. A variety of wildlife may be observed throughout the park.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.
** Park snowmobile trails are connected to the Steele County Grant-In-Aid trail system, and are groomed by Steele County Trail Association.
** All other trails are multi-use, ungroomed trails, and are open to cross country skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing. There are approximately 5 miles of multi-use trails.


  • A warming house is located in the boat launch area. (CLOSED until further notice)
  • Ski passes are not required because the trails are not groomed for cross country skiing.
  • There is no winter camping at Rice Lake. Campgrounds are closed for the season and will reopen in the spring.

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Last updated on January 20, 2021. Local snow depth is 7-10".

Getting there

8485 Rose St.
Owatonna, MN 55060

From Interstate 35, take exit 42A onto Hoffman Drive. At 4th stoplight, turn left onto Rose St. Follow Rose St. approximately 8.5 miles to park entrance.

Parking is available in the boat launch area.


Phone: (507) 414-6191
Email: [email protected]
Contact station hours vary. Please phone park office.

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