Circle Pines, MN, is a suburban city about 16 miles northeast of Minneapolis on Interstate 35W. Visit this link for more information.

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve

This 5,300-acre regional park reserve has been called the “most wilderness-like park” in the area. The Lino Lakes are the chain of lakes that it is named after. 

People who love to go canoeing love this park reserve.  The canoeing trail wanders through four big lakes before it reaches Rice Creek.  The waters are perfect for a novice to average canoeist.  Because the waters are not challenging it makes it a perfect place for birdwatching.  There you can see herons, snowy egrets, osprey, turkey vultures, raptors and spotted sandpipers.  People have reported seeing bald eagles.

Being a shallow trail, people are also able to see wildlife up close and personal.  Leopard frogs can frequently be seen.  Beaver dams are common and you can also see deer and racoon tracks.  Canoes and kayaks can be rented on site if you don’t have one of your own.

If you don’t get enough exercise visiting this reserve in the summer months, Rice Creek also has miles of cross-country ski trails.  Ski rentals are available and the terrain in mostly flat with very slight hilly spots. Read about Champlin, MN: City of Parks here.

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