Lake Rebecca Park

       
   

Area and County

    Dakota County
    Metro Area
     
 

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Size

130 acres (80 acres water)

 
 
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Parking

415 Lock & Dam Road
Hastings, MN 55033

N44 44.800, W92 51.660

 
Hiking Trails

The Mississippi River Greenway, a paved multiuse trail, passes through the park. When completed in 2021 or 2022, the trail will extend 27 miles along the Mississippi River in Dakota County.

 
Hunting

 

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)  

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Pig’s Eye Alluvial Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

 
Ownership

 
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Hastings Parks & Recreation

 
Overview

Lake Rebecca Park is a community park in the City of Hastings. It is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area corridor. It lies between Lock & Dam Road and Lake Rebecca. Jaycee Park and River Flats Park lie between the road and the Mississippi River. A strip of restored prairie within Lake Rebecca Park is Flint Hills Resources Riverfront Nature Preserve. Lake Rebecca is stocked with channel catfish by the Minnesota DNR.

 
History

The area between the boat launch and Lock and Dam No. 2 was formerly a tank farm for Koch Industries, now Flint Hills Resources. The tanks were removed in the 1990’s. Koch Industries cleaned the site where the tanks had stood, restored native vegetation, and gifted the site to the City of Hastings as a Nature Preserve. Guided by National Park Service requirements, restoration of native vegetation continues. In 2005, tables in the picnic area at the north end of Lake Rebecca were removed and replaced by tall grasses and other native vegetation.

 
Visits

3/1/2003

  3/22/2003   9/13/2020    

 

 

 

 

       
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Park Entrance

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Main Parking Lot

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Boat Launch Parking Lot

       
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Fishing Pier

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Park Lawn

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Lake Rebecca

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Jaycee Park

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Flint Hills Resources Riverfront Nature Preserve

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Mississippi River Greenway

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Lock and Dam No. 2

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  Hastings River Flats
Restoration Evaluation
 
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Jul 6, 2014

Sheri's first kayak outing of the year.

   
       
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Aug 9, 2015

   
       
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May 10, 2014

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Birds

A resident Mallard population attracts a diverse assortment of migrating waterfowl to the small lake.

 
 

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Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Canada Goose

Mallard

 
Insects and Arachnids

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

 

 
Plants

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

 

 

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