Rice Lake State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
Local residents know Rice Lake State Park is a good place to see wildlife. The mix of marsh, lake, meadow and woods attracts large numbers of birds, especially during the spring and fall migrations. Because Rice Lake is the only lake of any size in the vicinity, geese, swans and ducks stop here to feed and nest.
Rice Lake State Park is located 7 miles east of Owatonna In Minnesota’s Steele County.
Tall hardwoods shade the spacious picnic area on a peninsula jutting into Rice Lake. The cross-breeze refreshes while keeping insects at bay. A small swimming area and a drive-in boat access are on the west side of the peninsula.