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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.

Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.


Visitor Alert

(Updated September 28, 2016 @ 4:00 p.m.)

Trail Conditions:

While trails have dried up considerably, there are some areas that are still muddy.

Waterfowl Season:

  • NOTE: Rice Lake is a public lake and waterfowl hunting is allowed on the lake.
  • Waterfowl season is open now until Sunday, October 2nd, and will reopen on Saturday, October 15th.
  • Please call the park office for more information.

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.

Canoe-in Campsites Reservations:

If you make reservations to camp at one of our canoe-in campsite, remember to let us know if you need to rent a canoe.

Park Notes

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!Panoramic tour | Snapshot 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.

Birders:

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


Hours

Best time to contact the park:

Weekday office hours vary. Weekends are typically F - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., S - 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Su - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If no one is available, please leave a message.

When the office is closed, please 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.

Contact

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.