EXPERIENCE THE WATER
Owatonna has water parks, lakes and a beautiful river to enjoy when you need to cool off. The River Springs Water Park features water slides, a lazy river and a climbing wall. For year-round fun, enjoy the slides and play areas at the Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park. Take in the sun at Lake Kohlmier Beach and spend the afternoon floating on the lake. Paddle down the Straight River, a designated State Water Trail.
The Straight River is a designated State Water Trail. The 55-mile river snakes its way into Owatonna, and once it is frozen over, this natural-made ice rink becomes a magnet for seasoned and amateur skaters. The Straight River was highlighted in Explore Minnesota’s picks for outdoor rinks across the state. If you don’t own a pair of skates, you can rent them from the Warsinksi Chalet at Morehouse Park near downtown Owatonna.
Once the temperatures warm up, spend your day kayaking or canoeing down the river. Pick up a trail guide at the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
Did you know that the Straight River Flows north from Owatonna to Fairbault with class I, II, and III rapids along the route! This makes a unique and exciting Minne-Road trip through the farmland of Southern Minnesota!
For a relaxing day, spend the day lounging on the beach at Lake Kohlmier. Go fishing off the docks, have a picnic, or go canoeing. Walk on the nearby trails through the beautiful local parks system.
Beginning when the warm up starts in May and ending the first part of September, the Lake Kohlmier beach will be open for Aquatic and Trail equipment rentals as well as Concessions. Lake Kohlmier will be stocked with Adult, Child and Infant sized life-jackets which are included and required with each aquatic rental.
Aquatic Equipment Available: Single and Double Kayak, Canoe, Paddle Board, Paddle Boat, and Hydro Bike
Owatonna’s water park! Featuring 2 water slides, lazy river, zero-depth entry with play features, lily pad walk, sand volleyball court, activity pool with water basketball, and a climbing wall! Full concessions available for visitors to enjoy!