Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area
Minnesota State Park
The Minnesota River from the Gifford Lake unit of the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area
Country  United States
State  Minnesota
Counties Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Scott, Sibley
Cities Belle Plaine, Shakopee
Coordinates 44°39′43″N 93°42′12″W / 44.66194°N 93.70333°W / 44.66194; -93.70333
Area 5,490 acres (2,221.7 ha)
Founded 1969
Management Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Location of Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area in Minnesota

Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area is a 5,490-acre (22 km2) member of the Minnesota state park system. The park is not continuous but is composed of waysides, four of which are strung along the Minnesota River between Shakopee and Belle Plaine. The various waysides are interspersed with units of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Although the state recreation area is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the national wildlife refuge by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, both agencies share a consistent signage to simplify visitation.

History

The lower Minnesota River valley had been recognized for its scenic and recreational potential since at least 1939, but when a bill proposing an 18,000-acre (73 km2) state park went before the Minnesota Legislature in 1967 it did not pass. Two years later a scaled-back proposal also failed. However a bill creating the Minnesota Valley State Trail did pass in 1969. The trail was to run from Fort Snelling State Park to the town of Le Sueur and include six waysides totaling over 5,000 acres (20 km2). Even the smallest wayside was larger than some of Minnesota's state parks. In this roundabout way, portions of the valley were added to the state park system. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was authorized in 1976 and additional lands originally desired for the state park received federal protection.

External links

References

  • Meyer, Roy W. Everyone's Country Estate: A History of Minnesota's State Parks. Minnesota Historical Society Press: St. Paul, 1991.
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area signage, brochures, and website.

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