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Big Marine Park information

Playground
Located in the heart of the park, the playground is a centerpiece for visitors of the park reserve. Designed
with kids in mind, the playground invites youngsters to stretch, slide, hang and hold-on. Despite its size and
height, most of the play elements are accessible by wheelchair.
Swimming Beach
As it has done for many years prior, the clean and clear waters of Big Marine Lake beckons people to splash,
swim, and cool-off during the sweltering summer months. The gentle grade of the lake makes this beach
great for families.
Boat Launch
Big Marine Lake is an outstanding fishery, with healthy populations of bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass,
northern pike, and walleye. The wind-protected north-ern bay provides excellent waterskiing conditions,
while the varied lake structure provides great habitat for fish and other aquatic animals.
Location:
The park reserve is located in northern
Washington County. The entrance is lo-cated on Manning Trail (County Road 15).
just north of 170th St. N. in May Township.
BIG MARINE
PARK RESERVE

Hours and Information
Park: 7:00 a.m. until 1/2 hour after sunset.
Beach: Memorial Weekend through July 31, 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
August 1 through Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Boat Launch
6:00 a.m. until 1/2 hour after sunset Parking for vehicles w/ trailers allowed in desig-
nated lots only.
Fees A Washington County vehicle permit is required
on all motorized vehicles. Please purchase this at the park’s contact station or the honor box near the
park entrance. Annual vehicle permits are valid for a full year from the date of purchase. The
Washington County Park vehicle permit also provides free admittance to Anoka and Carver
County Parks.
Park Rules For the protection of park resources and facilities,
and for the enjoyment of all visitors, please observe all regulations posted throughout the park:
♦ Dogs are only allowed in parking lots or hiking trails and must be leashed.
♦ Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages, including 3.2 beer, is prohibited.
♦ Please refrain from smoking at the beach.
♦ All flotation devices including water wings, air mattresses and noodles are not allowed.
♦ Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed in the PFD roped area.
♦ Glass containers are not permitted in the beach area.
Swim Groups
Organized swimming groups must obtain prior approval from the Parks Division at 651-430-8200
Picnic Area
Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available throughout the park.
Welcome to Big Marine…
Washington County proudly welcomes you to Big
Marine Park Reserve. The park opened in 2008 & includes a boat launch, swimming beach, picnic
areas, a large creative playground, hiking trails and a visitor’s welcome office. Future park plans in-
clude family and group camping and several addi-tional miles of hiking and biking trails.
The Land
Scandinavian immigrants settled the area 150 years ago and farmed much of the land. A community
grew and prospered around the lake for several gen-erations. As the Twin Cities grew, the deep, clean
waters of Big Marine Lake attracted new residents to the area. The unique lake and surrounding woods
and wetlands were identified for preservation over 30 years ago. The rolling hills and numerous wet-
lands in the park are part of the St. Croix ground moraine landscape type, one of eight unique land-
scape types identified for protection in the Twin Cities. Big Marine Regional Park Reserve will
eventually contain 1,920 acres and will remain 80% undeveloped. Currently 640 acres have been ac-
quired.
Natural Resources and Sustainability Proper stewardship of water, trees, animals and
other resources is of strong importance to Big Marine Park. Efforts have been made to restore
human impacts on the park’s landscapes. For additional information on this subject, refer to the
‘Self-Guided Sustainability Tour’ brochure.
Recycling What better way to conserve natural resources
than recycling at the parks! Recycling bins for both cans and bottles are available throughout the park at
trailheads, beaches, playgrounds, concession stands, restrooms, picnic shelters, and boat landings.
Directions: 651-430-8368 www.co.washington.mn.us
E-mail: parks@co.washington.mn.us Revised 2/08

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