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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 newly restored Minnehaha Creek, the Greenway is a natural oasis in a developed corridor of housing, retail, a hospital and private industry. There is plenty to explore, including green space, trails, a public park and paddling accesses.  

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, in partnership with the Cities of Hopkins and St. Louis Park, restored this section of Minnehaha Creek which was historically the most degraded stretch in the 22 mile-long system. The work has included adding curves back to the creek to slow down water, enhancing wildlife habitat, restoring wetlands, managing stormwater runoff, and adding new public access and trails. 

The Minnehaha Creek Preserve, located in St. Louis Park, is a 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 middle of the Twin Cities suburbs.

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
  • An educational pavilion with signage describing the area’s history and ecological benefits
  • One of the largest urban stream restorations in the Twin Cities where polluted stormwater from a 79 acre area  is treated before it enters the creek
  • Restored wetlands and green space
  • One of the largest natural areas in the heart of St. Louis Park

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
  • Resting benches
  • Educational signage

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
  • Outdoor classroom space and education area for community and school groups available

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 the fall of 2020.

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