Trail Snow Report

Rice Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Since the thaw and rain on the first weekend in February we have received about 10-12 inches of snow at the park. We packed the hiking/ski trail base on Monday (2/11) and the snowmobile club will be coming through with the groomer today (2/13). Another 3-4 inches fell yesterday and, with the gusty winds, may have left some drifts in the open areas. The warming shelter is open - come and enjoy the snow while it lasts.

Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 4-6"
Trail mileage: 0.0
Difficulty: beginner (track)  
Trail conditions: good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 4-6"
Trail mileage: 3.0

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 3 miles of multi-use trails.


  • A warming house is located in the boat launch area.
  • 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 February 13, 2019. Local snow depth is 12-14".

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) 414-6190
Email: [email protected]
Contact station hours vary. Please phone park office.

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