Public parks

Local, state, and national parks.

Croft Mine Historical Park

Croft Mine Historical Park is a 17-acre park built on the Croft Mine site, an active underground iron ore mine from 1916-1934.

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park lies in the southern part of the Canadian Shield, representing some of the oldest exposed rock formations in the world. This bedrock has been shaped and carved by at least four periods of glaciation. The topography of the park is rugged and varied; rolling hills are interspersed between bogs, beaver ponds, swamps, islands, small lakes and four large lakes.

Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone National Monument is home to the pipestone quarries which are considered a sacred site by many American Indians. For the last 2000-3000 years tribes across the central region of North America have traveled to this site to quarry. Today, they still travel long distances to continue the tradition of pipemaking.

Whitewater State Park

Whitewater State Park features 200 ft. limestone cliffs with 450 million year old fossils.

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

The Soudan Underground Mine State Park offers tours via train into the deepest parts of the mine. The Soudan mine is also home to the Soudan Underground Laboratory.

Moose Lake State Park

Moose Lake State Park has an agate collection on display, with information about collecting, and information about the rocks, minerals, and geology of Minnesota.

Lilydale Park

Lilydale Park provides opportunity for fossil collection. Permits can be obtained from the City of St. Paul Division of Parks and Recreation.

Interstate State Park

Interstate State Park in Taylor's Falls shows some incredible glacial potholes.

Hill Annex Mine State Park

The Hill Annex Mine State Park offers a fossil tour and a tour of an open pit mine in season.

Glacial Lakes State Park

At Glacial Lakes State Park you can see the many typical glacial landscape features such as kames (conical shaped hills), kettles (depressions that usually become a lake or marsh), and moraines - the dumping area where the glacier left its debris.

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