This 636 acre park is covered by floodplain forest. A careful observer, however, will spot urban tree and shrub species, such as spruces and lilacs, mixed in with typical floodplain forest trees. These seemingly out-of-place species hint at the area’s urban history.
The village of Lilydale once occupied the east bank floodplain of the Mississippi River, but this unfortunate location subjected the town to repeated flooding and eventually the town relocated to the bluffs above the floodplain. The park retains the name of Lilydale, named for the abundance of lilypads that dot the surface of Pickerel Lake during the summer.
Picnicking/shelters, playground, softball and baseball diamonds, boat ramp, drinking water, bike and walking paths, football and soccer fields, restrooms, river boat cruises, and birdwatching. Fishing for bluegills, crappie, northern pike, and bass is good in Pickerel Lake before this shallow lake fills with mid-summer weeds. Fossil collecting and ice climbing may be done by permit only in the Brickyards area. Contact the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department for permit information.
A master plan is being implemented at this park. A new parking lot and boat ramp (carry-in only) was added recently at Pickerel Lake.
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Last updated: February 28, 2020