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Public Areas Nearby

Helen Allison Savanna Scientific & Natural Area

Helen Allison Savanna is an 80-acre tract of beautiful bur oak savanna that is situated at the corner of Anoka County Roads 26 and 15, just off the southeast corner of Cedar Creek. It is owned by The Nature Conservancy and administered as an Scientific and Natural Area by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A small parking area and registration box is at the southeast corner of the site. There are no facilities, and no collecting, but one is free to wander over this marvelous site.

Martin-Island-Linwood Lakes Regional Park

Anoka County Regional Park at Martin Lake has a picnic area and fine boardwalk running from Martin Lake west to Island Lake. Unfortunately this species-rich wetland is being invaded by purple loosestrife and glossy-leaved buckthorn.

Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area

At over 23,000 acres, Carlos Avery Wildlife Managment Area is the largest public tract of land in the Twin Cities metro area. It is managed by the Minnesota DNR and contains forest, grasslands and wetlands that provide many opportunties for outdoor recreation. Different parts of the managment area are open to hiking, birdwatching, driving tours, hunting and trapping, and its many small lakes are a wonderful place to experience the spring and fall bird migrations!