This master plan conveys a vision to establish a greenway following the south side of the Minnesota River valley from Burnsville to St. Paul. Like other greenways being planned in Dakota County, the Minnesota River Greenway is envisioned to provide multiple benefits to water quality, habitat enhancement, recreation and non-motorized transportation.
The Minnesota River Greenway travels 17 miles through Burnsville, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Mendota and Lilydale before landing at St. Paul’s Lilydale Regional Park, where trails continue to Harriet Island and downtown St. Paul. This corridor is part of the larger Minnesota Valley State Trail corridor planned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that will travel from Le Sueur to St. Paul.
For more information, read the Minnesota River Greenway Master Plan.
Cultural Resources Interpretive Plan
Dakota County is preparing a cultural resources interpretive plan for the Minnesota River Greenway. The plan will be a guide to how the County will share the history of the Minnesota River Valley with greenway trail visitors with interactive interpretive installations.
This project has been funded, in part, by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Public open house - Tuesday, April 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Big Rivers Regional Trailhead - WPA overlook
1495 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota Heights, MN
Look for the Dakota County Parks Tent
Input will be used to refine design concepts to be included in the Cultural Resources Interpretive Plan, which is expected to be complete by July 2017.
Interpretive Plan Documents
Minnesota River Interpretive Plan Presentation
Cultural & Natural Resources Research Summary
Physical Development Committee Update (March 14, 2017)
Public Engagement Plan
Interpretive Plan Schedule
Phase 1: Listening & Gathering (September–November 2016)
Engage in conversations with Dakota people to learn about their relationship to the Minnesota River Valley.
Phase 2: Research (October–November 2016)
Research and identify stories of Dakota County’s Minnesota River Valley.
Phase 3: Interpretive Theme Development (November 2016–January 2017)
Turn research stories into interpretive themes.
Phase 4: Interpretive Design Concepts (January–March 2017)
Prepare illustrations of interactive interpretive installations at specific locations along the corridor.
An open house will be held in late winter 2017 for the community to provide input on the draft interpretive design concepts
Phase 5: Interpretive Plan & Approvals (March–June 2017)
Develop the plan document for adoption by the County Board.
Minnesota River Greenway Study Documents
Alignment Feasibility Study Schedule
Greenway Issues Map
Proposed Trail Alignments
Nicols Fen Report (2008)
Water Resources Map
Fort Snelling Ecological Study (1995)
Wetland Delineation Report
Eagan Alignment Feasibility Study