Since Dr. Tracy loves to get out of the house and explore, we thought we’d share some of our favorite places to go in Vadnais Heights.
Vadnais Lake is a lake in Ramsey County, Minnesota. It is split into two sections. East Vadnais Lake has a surface area of 389 feet with a maximum dept of 58ft. West Vadnais Lake has a surface area of 213 acres and a maximum depth of 9 ft. The lakes and surrounding park are one of the largest and most beautiful recreation areas in Vadnais Heights.
Vadnais Lake is part of the Vadnais-Sucker Lake Regional Park. This is an expansive park that offers picnic shelters, biking and walking trails, a small playground, shoreline fishing and ample parking. The trails are connected to the broader Vadnais Heights and Shoreview trail systems, so you can park here and explore a lot of areas. Several areas of the park have been updated in recent years, including an overhaul of the main trail.
Dr. Tracy and her family love taking walks along the lakes here. It’s a popular park, so you can expect to see lots of people running, walking biking and fishing. There are a lot of benches and picnic tables along the way to stop and enjoy the scenery. There are several stands of older growth forest with walking trails, so you will get the feel of being outside of the city when you go there. There are a lot of areas where you can see wildlife such as deer, turkeys, loons, swans, osprey and herons, among others. The lakes are some of the last in the area to freeze, so you can find migratory waterfowl here resting on their journey south. We are lucky that we found this place soon after moving to Vadnais Heights.
The Saint Paul Regional Water Service uses East Vadnais Lake as the drinking water reservoir for the City of Saint Paul. Because of this, there is no development on the shoreline and no boats allowed. This makes it very peaceful and a great habitat for wildlife.
Vadnais Lake was named after John Vadnais, a pioneer settler.