Tony Schmidt Regional Park




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Tony Schmidt Regional Park is a Ramsey County park located in Arden Hills, stretching from County Road E and Lake Johanna Boulevard along the north shore of Lake Johanna to Mounds View High School and the 35W-694 cloverleaf interchange.  It is largely a series of wetlands connected by streams and open bodies of water, nestled in among woodsy residential neighborhoods and other city parks, like Charles Perry Park and Chatham Open Area.  The park is basically in three sections – an active railway cuts across the southern portion, and County Road E2 cuts across the north portion.  There are picnic grounds and shelters, playgrounds, a play field with backstop (Perry Park has three ball diamonds), and a boat launch, swimming beach, and fishing pier on Lake Johanna.  A paved walking trail heads north from the main parking area, going through a tunnel under the railway and leading to an at-grade crossing at County Road E2.  There are also several turf/dirt trails that lead off at different points; one trail leads over to Snelling Avenue and Lake Valentine.  The campuses of two universities can be seen from the park: Bethel University across Lake Valentine, and the University of Northwestern-St Paul across Lake Johanna.  A 2011 article by Jessica Bakeman in the Star Tribune also describes how residents around Lake Johanna take great care to keep the lake clean and free of invasive species like Eurasian milfoil (  Near the beginning of the paved trail, a signpost talks about how a segment of the Arden Hills trail system was dedicated to the memory of former Governor Elmer L. Andersen.  All in all, it is a well-maintained park, offering something for all comers.

Charles Perry was the first white settler in Mounds View Township (what is now Arden Hills) in 1850:

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3500 Lake Johanna Boulevard
Arden Hills, MN 55112

N45 2.898, W93 10.384




The park is open 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.




No fee


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Hiking Trails






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Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

  Ecological Subsection    

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines

Anoka Sand Plain

  Land Type Association    

Maplewood Moraine Anoka Lake Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Not mapped (10/11/2021)

  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      

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Kirk Nelson



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Bethel University across Lake Johanna

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Chatham Open Area Trail

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UNWSP across Lake Johanna

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Crossing County Rd E2

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Elmer Andersen Memorial Trail Sign

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Tunnel Under Railroad

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Seven bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Special Concern

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)


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Insects and Arachnids


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