• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Spring Lake Park Reserve

 

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Lower Spring Lake Reserve -- 13690 Pine Bend Trail Rosemount, MN 55068
Shaar's Bluff -- 8500 127th Street East Hastings, MN 55033

 
A man reads an interpretive sign that overlooks an island-dotted Mississippi River.
Overview
Before construction of Lock and Dam #2 at Hastings, Spring Lake was separated from the Mississippi by a ribbon of land. But when Lock and Dam #2 was completed in the 1930s, the increased water level above the dam inundated the Spring Lake basin. Today, though the area retains the name of the original lake, the lake itself has become part of the river.

The trail system takes you through an evergreen forest of jack, red, and white pines.

Please respect private property by not trespassing on adjacent properties.

Activities: Activities include hiking, skiing, biking, community garden plots, archery course, and a model airplane field. Spring Lake Park Reserve offers over 3 miles of cross-country classic ski trails and almost 2 miles of cross-country skate-ski trails.

Shaar's Bluff Gathering Center main room may be rented to civic and private groups, while the lobby is open to all. The Center has restrooms, park information, maps and outdoor fire-rings. Learn more...

Hours: Please call for more information.

Contact Information: Call the Dakota County Parks at (952) 891-7000 or the Trail Condition Line at (651) 438-4636.

 

 
 
Sites Nearby: Pine Bend Bluff Scientific and Natural Area, Lake Rebecca Park (Hastings), Hastings River Flats Park
 

Did You Know?

Itasca, Headwaters of the Mississippi River

The river is so shallow at Lake Itasca that children can walk across the Mississippi. Between Governor Nicholls Wharf and Algiers Point in New Orleans, the Mississippi is more than 200 feet deep.