Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Rice Lake State Park

Trail conditions:

Snowmobile:   The snowmobile club groomed this trail on Friday, 1/27.

Packed winter (non-motorized):   These trails were packed on Wednesday (1/25). NOTE:   If you are hiking or snowshoeing on these trails, please try to stay off any cross country ski tracks that have been set by others.

Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 7-8"
Trail mileage: 0
Difficulty: beginner (track)  
Trail conditions: very good
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 7-8"
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 groomed cross country ski trails.

*   Park snowmobile trails are connected to the Steele County Grant-In-Aid trail system, and are groomed by Steele County Trail Association.

*   All other winter trails are non-motorized, multi-use, packed trails, and are open to cross country skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing. There are approximately 4.5 miles of multi-use trails.


  • The warming shelter, located in the boat launch area, is OPEN and available for use.
  • Ski passes are not required on our packed winter trails because the trails are not groomed for cross country skiing.
  • Rental equipment is not available.
  • 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 29, 2023. Local snow depth is 15-16".

Getting there

8485 Rose St.
Owatonna, MN 55060

From Interstate 35, take exit 42A and turn east onto Hoffman Dr.

Follow Hoffman Dr, which will curve south, and turn left (east) at the 4th stoplight onto Rose St.

Follow Rose St. approximately 8.5 miles to the 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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