Nestled amidst a tranquil woodland oasis in the city of Andover, Minnesota, is the renowned Ham Lake Park. Spanning over ninety acres of rolling meadows and vibrant prairies, and just a short drive from the Aberdeen community, located northeast of Minneapolis, the park is a perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor escape for some much-needed peace and quiet, or outdoor activities to keep the kids busy, Ham Lake Park has something to offer visitors of all ages. A visit to Ham Lake Park can be as active or leisurely as you’d like. Visitors can take advantage of the park’s two miles of paved walking and biking trails, winding their way through the ponds, wetlands, and grasslands, providing the perfect opportunity to spot different wildlife, including dragonflies, turtles, minks, and the occasional river otter. As for hikers, the park offers multiple moderate hiking trails. Dogs are also welcome to explore the park, as long as they stay on leash. Find more information here.

If you’re looking to take a break from the trails, Ham Lake Park provides two full-sized sports fields at the park, offering opportunities to play a pickup game of soccer or have a friendly baseball game. The park also offers an expansive picnic area, complete with several sun shelters and grills, perfect for having family gatherings or catching some sunshine. For the kids, the park offers an award-winning playground, complete with climbing structures and swings. At Ham Lake Park, visitors can enjoy some special seasonal attractions. Spring and summer bring a bounty of wildflowers, like prairie smoke and wild columbine, as well as the chance to canoe and kayak in the lake. In the winter, more daring park-goers can explore the frozen lake on ice skates or skis. Fishing is also a popular activity at the park, and anglers can bring home everything from perch, bluegill, bass, and channel cats. Click here to read about Exploring the Scenic Beauty of Lunds Park North in Andover, MN.