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Owatonna is located approximately 90 minutes' drive south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is also halfway between Rochester and Mankato, in the southeastern part of Minnesota. The city is easy to access, with Interstate 35 and US Highways 14, and 218 running through nearby. Book an RV in Owatonna, and you can explore this charming city while remaining in proximity to the attractions of the Twin Cities and an array of natural areas.
Owatonna was established in 1853 and officially incorporated in 1858. It is nestled around the Straight River. Joseph Kaplan wrote about the city in the 19th century, and his letters are preserved by the Minnesota Historical Society. With an RV rental in Owatonna, you can explore the area and learn more about Minnesota’s history.
Rice Lake State Park is located just a short drive east when you rent a campervan in Owatonna. This beautiful park is a great place for nature observation, especially migratory bird watching. There are spring and fall migrations worth seeing, and also gorgeous flora and fauna in the park. Enjoy walking and kayaking in the area, where the American Indians harvested wild rice many years ago.
Sakatah Lake State Park is approximately half an hour's drive northwest when you book a motorhome rental in Owatonna. It is located on the shore of Sakatah Lake and is a very popular camping and picnicking location in the area. The lake is surrounded by maple and basswood forests and offers many scenic viewing opportunities. There are numerous biking and hiking trails around the lake, and on the lake, you can spend time fishing and boating. Here you can go bird watching too, and some of the species you can see include American crows, red-eyed vireos, purple martins, different kinds of swallows, wrens, and warblers.
Five-Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area is located on banks of the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers, less than two hours' drive east when you rent an RV in Owatonna. The terrain is mostly dry prairie, with a mixture of black, bur, white, and red oaks. This beautiful natural park is perfect for cross-country skiing, hiking, fishing, trapping, and hunting. This is a great day trip destination when you have a travel trailer rental in Owatonna.
River View Campground is located a short drive from the city center, on a beautiful location surrounded by rolling hills and tall oak trees. This park offers naturally shaded sites, fire rings, heated pool, mini golf, horseshoes pits, laundry facilities, firewood, a camp store, Wi-Fi, full hookups, and more. The biggest advantage of the campground is that the Straight River is flowing through the park and you don’t have to go far to enjoy fishing or boating.
Kiesler’s Campground and RV Resort is less than 20 minutes' drive west of Owatonna, located on the shore of Clear Lake. This family-oriented campground offers fun activities organized for all ages, or guests can relax on the beach or by the swimming pool. The park offers playgrounds, a swimming pool with water slides, a remote-control car race track, mini golf, a game room, and so much more.
Sands Country Cove Campground is about a 90-minute drive west of the city. It is nestled on the shore of Kansas Lake, with a lot of water sport opportunities for visitors. Enjoy fishing, swimming, water skiing, and boating, or have a picnic with your family on the beach. In the park, you will find full hookups, restrooms and showers, fire rings and picnic tables, golf carts, clubhouse, game room, Wi-Fi, and more. Close to the park, you can go hiking and biking, as well as golfing.
Owatonna is full of interesting activities and places to visit. In addition to the gorgeous scenery around the city, in the city, you can also enjoy different city parks and even a water park. The water park is located on the north side of the town and has an activity pool, a body slide, a climbing wall, a large concession area, a lazy river, a tube slide, a zero-depth pool area, and more.
Steele County Historical Society is a museum that preserves the history of the city and its people. It was established in 1949 and became the largest and most prestigious historical society in the state. Some of the exhibits you can see here are about World War I, 20th-century toys, fashion, and more. There are many tours, events, and lectures organized here year-round.
Village of Yesteryear was established in 1962 as a pioneer village around the Saco Church on the fairgrounds. This village looks very similar to the original which once was in the center of Owatonna. There are several historical structures and a museum built on the site. Some of the structures you can see here are the Saco Church, a two-story cabin, a bachelor cabin, a schoolhouse, a general store, and a post office.