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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

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.

WILDFLOWER UPDATE:

Check out our spring wildflowers. You can even view many of them from your vehicle while driving down the campground or picnic area roads.

Currently blooming: jack-in-the-pulpit, wild blue phlox, spring beauty, white trout lily, false rue anemone, rue anemone, wood anemone, cutleaf toothwort, downy yellow violet, blue violet, bluebells, swamp buttercup, little-leaf buttercup, and marsh marigold.

NOTE: The park is open year round for day use. Park hours are 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. everyday.

(Updated May 6, 2016)

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

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:

Office hours vary. If no one is available, please leave a message.

When office is closed, please use the self-registration area at the front of the office to purchase daily and annual permits, and to register for camping. Annual permits purchased through self-registration 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.