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Spring Lake Park Preserve


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8395 127th Street East
Hastings, MN 55033
United States

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Spring Lake Park Preserve


(??.? miles from you)

8395 127th Street East
Hastings, MN 55033
United States


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Why You Should Go...

Before the 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

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

Birdwatching is very good here during migration. Watch for bald eagles and turkey vultures soaring along the bluffs, nearly at eye-level. Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center's main room may be rented to civic and private groups, while the lobby is open to all.

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Why You Should Go...

Before the 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.

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

Birdwatching is very good here during migration. Watch for bald eagles and turkey vultures soaring along the bluffs, nearly at eye-level. Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center's main room may be rented to civic and private groups, while the lobby is open to all.

What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Cost: Free

Access: Wheelchair, Service Animals, Pets, Bicycle

Parking: Free On-site

Extra Fun...

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The park’s network of trails is great for any season. Hiking in the summer provides views of the river from the bluff. In the winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities.

The state-of-the-art archery trail provides the unique opportunity for archers to test their skills in a real environment. A pass is required to use the archery trial. There are 6 practice targets and two 14-station trail loops.

This Park is divided into two units including Shaar’s Bluff and Lower Spring Lake. Schaar’s Bluff can be reached from CoHwy 42. The Lower Spring Lake Unit is accessed from Hwy 55.

Fun Facts

This is a prime birding location! Try spotting Bared Owl, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, American Woodcock, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-winged Crossbill, and more!

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Why You Should Go...

Before the 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.

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

Birdwatching is very good here during migration. Watch for bald eagles and turkey vultures soaring along the bluffs, nearly at eye-level. Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center's main room may be rented to civic and private groups, while the lobby is open to all.

More...

What You Should Know...

Open: Year-Round

Cost: Free

Access: Wheelchair, Service Animals, Pets, Bicycle

Parking: Free On-site

EXTRA FUN

Insider Info

The park’s network of trails is great for any season. Hiking in the summer provides views of the river from the bluff. In the winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities.

The state-of-the-art archery trail provides the unique opportunity for archers to test their skills in a real environment. A pass is required to use the archery trial. There are 6 practice targets and two 14-station trail loops.

This Park is divided into two units including Shaar’s Bluff and Lower Spring Lake. Schaar’s Bluff can be reached from CoHwy 42. The Lower Spring Lake Unit is accessed from Hwy 55.

Fun Facts

This is a prime birding location! Try spotting Bared Owl, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, American Woodcock, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-winged Crossbill, and more!

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