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Parks & Lakes

With abundant natural resources available and an agreeable climate, visitors and residents of Saint Paul have no shortage of recreational opportunities.

Parks & Lakes

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota offers a wide variety of opportunities to participate in outdoor recreation and sightseeing activities. The Twin Cities is home to more than 140,000 acres of parks, trails and wildlife refuges. The Saint Paul/East Metro area, home to 389 lakes, provides year-round outdoor fun for residents and visitors. The area’s lakes, parks and rivers are perfect for picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, sailing, canoeing, boating and windsurfing. Area parks provide miles of groomed public hiking trails and designated bike paths.

Saint Paul Parks
Ten parks offer a range of trails, pavilions, picnic shelters, playing fields and other facilities — including barbecue grills, basketball courts, playground equipment and swimming pools.

Dakota County Parks
Three regional parks, two park reserves and a county park.

Ramsey County Parks
Nine county parks, five regional parks and five regional trail corridors.

Washington County Parks
Six county parks (four are part of the regional park system) and two state parks — William O’Brien and Afton.


For information on the area’s lakes, contact the respective city or county parks and recreation department, or visit the Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder website at for lake surveys, maps and other detailed information.

Spectator Sports

Spectator Sports

Sports fans love Minnesota sports, and the Saint Paul/East Metro area is home to the NHL’s hottest team — the Minnesota Wild. The area is also home to the minor league Saint Paul Saints and the professional Minnesota Thunder soccer team. The Twin Cities also hosts professional baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football and the Big Ten University of Minnesota men’s and women’s sports.

Minnesota Lynx
Target Center 612.673.1600
Minnesota’s professional women’s basketball team has proved popular with fans of the WNBA.

Minnesota Swarm
Minnesota’s professional lacrosse team.

Minnesota Thunder
Minnesota’s professional soccer team, playing in the USISL.

Minnesota Timberwolves
Target Center
Minnesota’s popular NBA team.

Minnesota Twins
Hubert H. Humphery Metrodome
Twin Cities’ major league baseball team plays approximately 80 games per year in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991.

Minnesota Vikings
Hubert H. Humphery Metrodome
A strong Minnesota tradition, the purple-and-gold Vikings have won 14 division championships and made 19 play-off appearances in the last 30 years.

Minnesota Wild
Xcel Energy Center
Professional hockey team.

Saint Paul Saints
Midway Stadium
Part of the Northern League minor-league baseball conference, Saint Paul Saints has a history dating back to 1903. Fans at Midway Stadium love the party atmosphere that accompanies the Saint’s games.

University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Athletics


Ranked the #1 golf state in per capita participation, Minnesota boasts more than 450 golf courses with some of the finest conditions and designs available. Many public and private courses are located in the Saint Paul/East Metro area.

For a detailed listing of the area’s golf courses, visit

Saint Paul Municipal Golf Courses Como Park
1431 North Lexington Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55103
18 holes

Highland Park
1403 Montreal Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55116
18 holes

Highland Park
1797 Edgcumbe Road
Saint Paul, MN 55116
9 holes

Phalen Park
1615 Phalen Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55106
18 holes

Chamber Member Golf Courses Hillcrest
Golf Club of Saint Paul
P.O. Box 9399
Saint Paul, MN 55109

Lost Spur Golf Course
2750 Sibley Memorial Highway 13
Eagan, MN 55121

Mendakota Country Club
2075 Mendakota Road Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Midland Hills Country Club
2001 Fulham Street
Roseville, MN 55113

Oak Marsh Golf Course
526 Inwood Avenue North
Oakdale, MN 55128

Premium Golf
440 East Montana Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Prestwick Golf Club
9555 Wedgewood Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

River Oaks Golf Course
11099 South Highway 61
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

White Eagle Golf Club
369 East Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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