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Visit the Minnehaha Creek Greenway

Map of Minnehaha Creek GreenwayThe Minnehaha Creek Greenway is a linear park in the heart of St. Louis Park and Hopkins. Featuring almost 1.5 miles of Minnehaha Creek, the Greenway is a natural oasis in an urban corridor.   

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, in partnership with the cities of Hopkins and St. Louis Park, restored this section of Minnehaha Creek; which was the most degraded stretch in the 22 mile-long system. 

The Minnehaha Creek Preserve, located in St. Louis Park, is the jewel of the Minnehaha Creek Greenway. The Preserve is open to the public, and we encourage you to experience this quiet piece of nature in the midst of the suburbs.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) has re-opened the Minnehaha Preserve boardwalk and has initiated a process to reconstruct the boardwalk to ensure public safety and the longevity of the facility. Work is likely to begin fall 2022. MCWD will be implemetning interim repairs to the boardwalk during the spring and summer 2022 and will work closely with the City of St. Louis Park to update the community. 

 

Why You Should Visit

  • Boardwalk along creekOver a mile of ADA accessible boardwalk and paved trail along Minnehaha Creek
  • Home to a variety of wildlife, including wood ducks, herons, turtles, deer, and pollinators
  • Outdoor classroom space and education area for community and school groups 

Activities

  • People using the trailWalking
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching

How to Access the Minnehaha Creek Preserve

Enter at Creekside Park

7341 Oxford St, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Amenities:

  • Free parking
  • Bus stop – Routes 604, 12, 612, 664
  • Canoe and kayak launch
  • Picnic table
  • Benches
  • Educational pavillion

Enter from Excelsior Boulevard

7252 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Amenities:

  • Free parking
  • Bus stop - Routes 12, 612, 664

Visitor Tips

  • People at the education station at the PreserveNo public restrooms
  • Check the Minnehaha Creek flow before paddling
  • It is recommended to not swim or wade in the creek for 72 hours after a rain event due to polluted runoff from streets
  • Limited shade in the afternoon
  • Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, and drinking water

Map


Coming Soon

A trail connection to the boardwalk at Methodist Hospital will be completed as part of the reconstruction of the Louisiana Avenue bridge. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2021.

Another trail connection is expected to eventually be built to connect the Minnehaha Creek Preserve to Cottageville Park in Hopkins.