Lake Rebecca Park

Hastings, MN

 

 

     
 
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Hastings Parks & Recreation

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

Lake Rebecca Park is a community park in the City of Hastings. It is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area corridor. It lies between Lock & Dam Road and Lake Rebecca. Jaycee Park and River Flats Park lie between the road and the Mississippi River. A strip of restored prairie within Lake Rebecca Park is Flint Hills Resources Riverfront Nature Preserve. Lake Rebecca is stocked with channel catfish by the Minnesota DNR.

 
     
 

History

 
 

The area between the boat launch and Lock and Dam No. 2 was formerly a tank farm for Koch Industries, now Flint Hills Resources. The tanks were removed in the 1990’s. Koch Industries cleaned the site where the tanks had stood, restored native vegetation, and gifted the site to the City of Hastings as a Nature Preserve. Guided by National Park Service requirements, restoration of native vegetation continues. In 2005, tables in the picnic area at the north end of Lake Rebecca were removed and replaced by tall grasses and other native vegetation.

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

130 acres (80 acres water)

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

415 Lock & Dam Road
Hastings, MN 55033

N44 44.800, W92 51.660

 
         
 

Hours

 
 

6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 
         
 

Fees

 
 

No fee

 
         
 

Driving Directions

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Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

The Mississippi River Greenway, a paved multiuse trail, passes through the park. When completed in 2021 or 2022, the trail will extend 27 miles along the Mississippi River in Dakota County.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

 

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines

   
  Land Type Association    

Pig’s Eye Alluvial Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

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

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Park Entrance

 
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Main Parking Lot

 
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Boat Launch Parking Lot

 
           
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Fishing Pier

 
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Park Lawn

 
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Jaycee Park

 
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Flint Hills Resources Riverfront Nature Preserve

 
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Mississippi River Greenway

 
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Lock and Dam No. 2

 
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Camera

     
 
Slideshows
 
  Hastings River Flats
Restoration Evaluation
 
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Other Videos
 
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Jul 6, 2014

Sheri's first kayak outing of the year.

   
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Aug 9, 2015

   
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May 10, 2014

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2 1/2 HOUR 2600 FRAMES

   

 

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The sightings and species lists below are from the entire peninsula that includes Lake Rebecca Park, Jaycee Park, River Flats Park, Flint Hills Resources Riverfront Nature Preserve, and Lock and Dam No. 2.

 
 

Visits

3/1/2003

  3/22/2003   9/13/2020        
 
 

Amphibians

 
 

One amphibian species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 
         
 

Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Prairie Area)

 
 

Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

 

Canada Goose

Mallard

 
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Lichens List

 
         
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
  multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)   multicolored Asian lady beetle  
 

Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

     
         

 

 

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Waterfowl Viewing

A resident Mallard population attracts a diverse assortment of migrating waterfowl to the small lake.


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