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The Big Marine Park Reserve is finally open for limited public use (Boat Launch and walking around). The Grand Opening is June 7th and the rest will be available then. This cache was placed to share this very special park area. Very kid friendly, plan to spend some extra time here after you find the cache. The cache contains all RED - WHITE & BLUE items. You may want to drop R,W&B items off... It is an "All American Cache". Please walk carefully and do not damage any vegetation.
Big Marine Park Reserve 17495 Manning Trail North Marine on Saint Croix, MN 55047 651-430-8200 Located on Manning Trail (CSAH 15); 1/2 mile north of 170th Street (CSAH 4) in May Township.
Vehicle Permits are required for all vehicles entering the park, and can be purchased at the park office. If the park office is not open, permits can be purchased by depositing the permit fee into the envelope and payment box located just past the park office building. Please follow the instructions on the envelope. DNR Licenses (fishing, hunting, cross-country skii, etc.) can not be purchased at this park, but are available at nearby retail stores.
Big Marine Park Reserve is located in the northern part Washington County. It is owned and operated by Washington County and is part of the Metropolitan Council's Regional Park System. The park was selected as a regional facility because of its excellent natural resource features; including the St. Croix Valley/northeast ground moraine and high quality upland and wetland wildlife habitat. When completed, the park will be 1920 acres in size, with 80 percent of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. This 80 percent will eventually resemble the land as it was prior to the arrival of the settlers in the mid-1800s.
The developed areas of the Reserve offer the following facilities:
- Boat Launch - General Picnic Area - Play Area (Very Nice)
- Swimming Beach w/ bath house
- Trails (Paved) Boat Launch The boat launch is open from 6 a.m. to 1/2 hour after sunset, and it accesses Big Marine Lake. The launch is closed in the winter. There are 33 parking spaces for vehicles with boat trailers. There must be a parking space available before you launch your boat; so if the parking lot is full, you may not launch. There is also a DNR boat launch on the north end of the lake.
Play Area There is a large 'destination' play area in the park, that is actually two play areas installed in one general location. There is an 18' slide, a large climbing net, a climbing rock, and more!
The clear-water swimming area includes 400 linear feet of sandy beach. Clean rest rooms, changing rooms, and vending machines are available in a nearby beach building. A nearby grassy area provides picnicking with tables and grills. Please note: Pets are only allowed on trails; and alcoholic beverages are not allowed anywhere within Big Marine Park Reserve.
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