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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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Visitor Alert


Camping is closed for the season and will re-open April 1st.


Some trails may still be muddy. The two trails west of the boat ramp parking lot are especially soft and muddy.

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is allowed on Rice Lake. Please call the park office for more information.

December deer hunt

The park will have a special permit hunt from December 3 - 4. For more information, visit hunting in state parks.

2016 Reservations changes

  • All campsites at this park are reservable.
  • Same-day reservations are now available.
  • If you need help making a reservation, call 866-857-2757.
  • For more details, read the FAQ.

(Updated Oct. 24, 2016)

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

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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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Rice Lake State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Spring and Fall Migration

tree Birdwatching

tree Great Variety of Songbirds/Waterfowl

tree Wildflowers

tree Canoeing

tree Nature Observation


Late fall, winter, and early spring:

Office hours vary. Please contact the park office, at the number below, for times. If no one is available, please leave a message.

When the office is closed, use the self-service area at the front of the office to purchase daily and annual permits. Annual permits purchased through self-service will be mailed.


8485 Rose Street
Owatonna, MN 55060

tel: 507-455-5871

email: rice.lake.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

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.