Islands of Peace
Anoka County Parks
"Where Peace Is A Way of Life Every Hour of Every Day for All Those Willing to Share the Experience" -- Edward T. Wilmes, founder, 1971.
The park's three islands spotlight a mature forest of maple-basswood trees. The wide walking bridge leads from the shoreline to Chase Island but the other two islands -- Durnham and Gil Hodges -- are accessible only by water. Durnham Island, which is straight west of Chase Island, can be a surprise to see due the fluctuation of the water level. The third island, Gil Hodges, is the farthest upstream island.
Colonial nesting birds, especially herons, rear their young in this three-island area every year and is home to a pair of bald eagles. Occasionally during the spring, access is closed to the two more remote islands to protect the noticeable bird population.
Today, Islands of Peace is part of the Anoka County Riverfront Regional Park, which is just south of I-694 and offers another 78 1/2 acres.
Activities: Two miles of paved trail for hiking and biking. Benches, tables, and a picnic shelter are available.
Hours: Please call for more information.
Location: Islands of Peace is located north of I-694 off East River Road (exit No. 36) in the city of Fridley. Turn west on Charles Street NE. Park entrance is 1/2 mile from main road, behind several apartment complexes.
Contact Information: Call the Anoka County Parks at 763-757-3920.
Did You Know?
A canoe trip in the Mississippi River Gorge between Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN feels like you are miles away from civilization even though you are in the center of a large metropolitan area.