Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve is a 5500-acre park in the northeast metro. It is one of the largest parks in the metro area stretching from Lexington and Circle Pines up through Lino Lakes and down to Centerville. Family-friendly amenities include the Wargo Nature Center, a playground, a beach and space for picnics. Visitors can camp, bike, boat, canoe, golf, cross-country ski, fish, geocache, and hike. The park boasts "some of the most significant native wildlife habitat and water resources in the regional area". The Rice Creek North Regional Trail meanders through this park.
12 Ideas for Family Fun at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve
- Visit Wargo Nature Center
- Swim at the beach.
- Bring your bikes for a family bike ride.
- Go fishing. This park has a fishing pier and a boat launch into Centerville Lake.
- Try Geocaching. Learn more about geocaching in Anoka County Parks here.
- Camp. This park has inexpensive campsites -- including rustic, electric and cabins -- for camping close to the metro area.
- Hike the trails.
- Canoe or Kayak. If you don't have your own, you can rent both canoes and kayaks from Wargo Nature Center.
- Pack a picnic. There is a pavilion and plenty of green space to spread a blanket.
- Golf. The park encompasses Chomonix Golf Course
- Play on the playground.
- Cross Country Ski in the Winter
Fishing Centerville Lake
According to the DNR, Centerville Lake holds walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead and yellow perch. The lake's boat launch is located within the park.
Vehicle Fees in Anoka County Parks
This park is part of the Anoka County Park System, so vehicle fees apply. All motorized vehicles are required to purchase a vehicle entry permit. However, these permits are good at all Anoka County regional parks as well as regional parks in Washington and Carver counties.