Forestry, Parks & Recreation

Forestry, Parks & Recreation

As part of its mission to conserve and protect natural resources, the Upper Big Blue NRD has been involved in several large-scale dam and reservoir projects since 1983.  These multi-purpose projects are designed for flood and erosion control, groundwater recharge and used in progressive groundwater research.  

As a result, the additional benefit of these projects is the opportunity for outdoor recreation.  The NRD has developed five sites:  Smith Creek Recreation Area, Pioneer Trails Recreation Area, the Bruce L. Anderson Recreation Area at Recharge Lake & Recharge Lake Archery Range, and Oxbow Trail Recreation Area.

These sites also provide habitat for wildlife.  Area residents can enjoy activities, such as camping, fishing, boating, hiking, as well as winter sports such as skiing, sledding, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snowmobile riding and ice skating.