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Where to go: Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area is the perfect place to view the fall colors. Walk along the State Trail to view the Minnesota River before the colors begin to turn.

What you'll see: As you walk along the State Trail view many immature plants just beginning to pop out of the silt left behind by this June's flood event. Walk to the prairie areas to view goldenrods and remaining sunflowers. Bring a pair of binoculars to spot feathered migrants heading south.

Also of interest: As you are along the river, or prairie, or in the forest watch for birds flickering about.

Last updated: September 11, 2014 

Special Offer for Park Permits

Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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Getting there

19825 Park Boulevard
Jordan, MN 55352


Lawrence Unit: Equestrian campground, State Trail Access, Picnic Shelter/Warming House, Strait House, hiking and Cross Country Ski Trails. Take HWY 169 to Jordan, at the traffic light turn North onto County Road 9, turn left onto Township Road 57.

Thompson Ferry Boat Launch and State Trail Access: Take HWY 169 to Jordan, turn North onto County Road 9. Thompson Ferry Boat Launch and parking area is on the East side of the road just before the bridge. Parking for horse trailers and other vehicles is on the west side of the road just before the bridge.

Louisville Swamp USFWS parking area and State Trail Access: The main Louisville Swamp trail head is located about 4.5 miles south of Shakopee. Exit Highway 169 onto 145th Street West. Follow the road past the main entrance to the Renaissance Festival and over the next set of railroad tracks. The Louisville parking lot is located on the left.

Gifford Lake and State Trail Access: Take HWY 169 to HWY 41, turn North toward Chaska. Gifford Lake access is on the West side of HWY 41.

Paved Bike Trail Access and Parking Areas: Trail Site #2: Take HWY 169 to HWY 41, turn North toward Chaska. Trail Site #2 access is on the West side of HWY 41.

Memorial Park: Located in Shakopee at 1801 East CR 101.

Huber Park: Located in Shakopee at 1st Avenue and Fillmore.

Contact

Phone: 651-259-5774


Email: minnesotavalley.sra@state.mn.us


The SRA is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 365 days a year.