Fish Creek

On the bluff of the Mississippi River, the prairie and woodlands of the Maplewood’s Fish Creek Natural Area beckon hikers and wildlife.   A trail winds up to the bluff top, and opens to views of the western horizon.  Part of the Mississippi River flyway, the site is frequented by raptors, songbirds, and wildlife species such as fox, coyote, and deer. 

Maplewood’s 70-acre preserve is adjacent to Ramsey County’s 142-acre Fish Creek Open Space.  The City and County worked together on a Master Plan to guide improvements and restoration at their sites.

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​New Trail Opened in Fall 2016! 

The trail at Fish Creek is officially open.   It’s gorgeous!  The asphalt trail takes you to the bluff top, through woodlands and restored prairie, on both City and County land.  The main loop is just under 1 mile.  The trail is not plowed in the winter so strap on your snowhoes and skis and enjoy.



(Adults and children ages 10+ with an adult)  
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 6:30PM-7:45PM

Walk the secret and marvelous canyon of Fish Creek to search for woodland wildflowers.  Bring hiking sticks or borrow from the nature center.  The trail is narrow and uneven, wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

Meet at the Oakwood Church Parking Lot, 1388 Point Douglas Road, St. Paul. 

FREE, registration required by Thursday, May 17 at and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Where's the Creek?

Visitors to the Maplewood’s Fish Creek Natural Area often ask, “Where’s the creek?”  The creek flows through Ramsey County land.  You can get a glimpse of it as you head down Henry Lane to the trail head, but there is not a maintained access point to the creek from public land.  Future plans call for a rustic trail along the creek, from Point Douglas Road to Henry Lane.  When that is developed, we’ll have an opportunity to access the creek near Henry Lane or from the asphalt trail loop.  Maplewood Nature Center often leads a spring wildflower walk along the creek in May, entering through private property, so check their program schedule if you’d like to explore the creek.

​What's Next at Fish Creek?

Restoration and pollinator programs continue at the preserve through 2018.  Benches and an entry sign and map will be installed.  And mark you calendars for the June 22 Fish Creek BioBlitz.

Partners are seeking funding for a parking lot. A future rustic trail along the creek would be mostly on Ramsey County land and would be a county-led project.