Ritter Farm Park

               
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Area and County

Dakota County

 

 

 


Size

340 acres

 
 
Maps

Ritter Farm Park trail map

 
Park Entrance

N44 40.019, W93 17.739

 
Hiking Trails

8.6 miles hiking/horse

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

Subsection(s)

Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Elko Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1 Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland

Ownership

 
Links

Lakeville Parks and Facilities


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Overview
At 340 acres, Ritter Farm Park is by far the largest in the City of Lakeville park system. Its 8.6 miles of hiking/equestrian trails meander around prairie openings and through undeveloped woodlands; across low ridges and into shallow ravines; and through the parks only native plant community, Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland. In the winter, 5.7 miles of the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing but are used mostly for winter hiking. Winter hikers do not have to share the trails with horseback riders.

For a park of this size Ritter Farm Park is little visited, even by Lakeville residents. This may be in part due to its out-of-the-way location. It is probably also due to the little exposure it receives on the City of Lakeville’s Website. The Web page for the park consists of a Google map, a link for the trail map and facilities, and a list of rules for horseback rides. Low visitor numbers may be seen as an asset for amateur naturalists or nature lovers looking for a solitary, not social, experience.

Hiking Trails
Large, full color maps are posted at a few locations along the trails. Visitors unfamiliar with the trails will benefit by printing a trail map (see Maps above) before their visit.


Visits

1/23/2016

   

 

 

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  Ritter Farm Park Place Profile
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Published on Jan 4, 2016

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  Ritter Farm Park | Kristy + Joe Engagement | Jeannine Marie Photography
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Published on Oct 15, 2015

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  Ritter Farm Park
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Uploaded on Jan 6, 2011

Find out about the history of the largest park in Lakeville.

 
     
  Ritter Farm Park Horse slipping
Craig Natvig
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 2, 2012

Sheila and I riding in Ritter on a slippery slope

 
     
  Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville
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Published on Apr 28, 2012

The jewel of Lakeville. This was our first trip of the year to Ritter Farm Park with our pups. It's their little piece of heaven on earth. They love it!

 
     
  Possible Human Remains Discovered at Lakeville Park
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Published on May 16, 2014

Lakeville Police are investigating after bones believed to be human were discovered Thursday in a park. Police were called just after 2 p.m. to Ritter Farm Park located at 195th Street and I-35. Police believe the bones have been in the park for some time.

 
     
  LKG puppets Bugs & Animals after dark
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Join Dickie Duck at Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville, MN as he checks out bugs & animals after dark

 
     

 

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Birds

One tracked bird species has been seen here:

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Blue Jay


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel


Plants

Plants frequently found in:

Pin Oak - Bur Oak Woodland FDs37b


 

 

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