County's 125 lakes, two rivers, and extensive wetlands provide the setting
for a huge system of parks. In addition to the scores of parks and playgrounds
operated by the various cities, the County itself maintains 18 parks (totaling
more than 8,000 acres), three trails, and two historical sites.
Four regional parks stand out with exceptional facilities. Bunker Hills
(763-757-3920) offers horseback riding, camping, picnicking, and the usual
outdoor activities, plus the only wave pool in the area, giving swimmers
the opportunity to "surf" four-foot waves. Coon Rapids Dam (763-757-4700)
provides riverside picnicking, biking, and access to a lengthy trail system.
Lake George (763-757-3920) boasts a 1,000-foot lake shoreline for swimming
as well as picnic grounds and a boat launch. Rice Creek Chain of Lakes
(763-757-3920) includes a golf course, nature center, boat launch, swimming
beach, and modern campground.
Three nature centers provide opportunities to experience and learn about
the outdoors. Springbrook (763-572-3588), Wargo (651-429-8007), and Carlos
Avery (651-296-5290) provide interpretive centers, educational programs,
hiking trails, and hundreds of rare plant and animal species.
Golf courses include Greenhaven (763-427-3180) in Anoka, Bunker Hills
(763-755-4141) in Coon Rapids, Chomonix (651-757-2860) in Lino Lakes,
Hidden Haven (763-434-4626) in East Bethel, Kate Haven (763-786-2945)
in Circle Pines, Rum River Hills (763-753-3339) and The Links at Northfork
(763-241-0506) in Ramsey, Majestic Oaks (763-757-9345) in Ham Lake, Woodland
Creek (763-323-0517) in Andover, and the new Tournament Players Club (763-785-8998) in Blaine.