Lilydale Regional Park

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Area and County

Dakota and Ramsey Counties





285.7 acres

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Lilydale Regional Park Map (City of Saint Paul)

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Parking N44 55.038, W93 7.675
Hiking Trails



No hunting


Ecological Classification


Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification


Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


St. Paul-Baldwin Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Pig's Eye Alluvial Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Not mapped (3/30/2017)

Ownership City of St. Paul logo    

City of St. Paul

City of Lilydale

National Park Service


Lilydale Regional Park lies on the south bank of the Mississippi River south of St. Paul. Its 286 acres of river bottom forest are prone to flooding in the spring. It is this seasonal flooding that eventually convinced the residents of the town of Lilydale, established in 1896, to relocate to the top of the bluff. The presence of spruces and lilacs among the usual floodplain trees testifies to the areas urban past. In the summer, lily pads dot the surface of Pickerel Lake.

Lilydale Regional Park is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). MNRRA, pronounced “minnra”, is a partnership park, a new and unique kind of national park. It is a 72-mile, 53,775 acre corridor along the Mississippi River stretching from Weigh Station Highway Park on US Highway 10 in Ramsey to the Dakota County/Goodhue County border. Only two small parcels are owned by the National Park Service.






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Mississippi River boat launch area

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Pickerel Lake sign

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Pickerel Lake parking lot

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Pickerel Lake boat launch

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south end

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Lilydale Regional Park lies in both cities of Lilydale (Dakota County) and St. Paul (Ramsey County).

An eagle’s nest sits above Pickerel Lake right by the railroad tracks.

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The railroad bridge constricts the flow of all traffic.

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The road through the park used to go over the stone bridge.

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Now, the road has been diverted away from the river, and the stone bridge is used for the walk/bike trail.

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The Brickyard Trail leads to the site of the old Twin Cities Brick Company:

Because of the potential for landslides in the area, visitors are warned to stay only on the marked trails.

Brickyard Trail lot sign

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Brickyard Trail parking lot

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Brickyard Trail sign

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Brickyard Trail

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  Lilydale Regional Park, St. Paul, MN
Eric Jaakkola

Published on Jul 22, 2015

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  Mississippi River - Lilydale Regional Park*

Published on Sep 22, 2014

Lilydalle, MN

  Twin Cities Cycling - Lilydale Regional Park
John Babos

Published on Aug 12, 2013

  Lilydale Park Gateway Groundbreaking
City of Saint Paul Communications Services

Uploaded on Oct 25, 2011

The Saint Paul Parks Conservancy raised over $500,000 to improve parklands and facilities in Lilydale Regional Park. City and Conservancy leaders broke ground on a new gateway monument on October 21, 2011.





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