Manomin Park

View of the Mississippi River from the shore of the Park.

Introduction

The 15-acre Manomin County Park, at the confluence of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River, is home to a wide-array of wildlife and abundant outdoor activities.

Park visitors can walk right up to the river's edge. Several foot bridges carry visitors across runoff areas. Visitors wishing to see Locke Lake should take the nearby walking tunnel under East River Road. On the way, fishermen might be catching sheephead, walleye, sun fish, crappie, northern pike and carp at the Locke Lake spillway.

Near the spillway, nature enthusiasts can access the Mississippi River Regional Trail that leads nine miles north to the city of Anoka or five miles south to the city of Minneapolis. The trail runs parallel with East River Road from its northern point at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park to its southern point at the I-694 juncture that is close to the handicapped-accessible Islands of Peace Park and the historic Reidel Farm Estate.

History

Since 1967, Anoka County has owned and operated this 18-acre park that historically was part of Manomin County, later dissolved and annexed to Anoka County. (The word "manomin," is a Chippewa name for wild rice.)

Manomin County Park's setting is the confluence of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River formed by the Superior and Grantsburg glaciers approximately 10,000 years ago. (A glacial lake formed most of the Rice Creek watershed and also the Mississippi River from St. Cloud to Minneapolis.) Rice Creek is located to the east of the park and drains into nearby Locke Lake before arriving at the Mississippi River.

A 1995 redevelopment of Manomin Park bettered its amenities, including a gazebo-style picnic pavilion, period lighting, benches, a large restroom facility and paved and limestone trails.

Activities

Related Activities: Biking, Birds & Wildlife, Family-Friendly, Fishing & Hunting, Hiking & Walks, History & Culture, Museum, Boating & Canoeing, Picnicking, Tours, Visitor Center

Hours, Directions, and Contact Information

  • 6666 East River Road Fridley, MN
  • GPS: 45.088995, -93.276936

Nearby Sites

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, River Park, Islands of Peace Park


Last updated: November 8, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Phone:

(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Visitor Center. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1 day, often sooner.

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