Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

  • Project Type: New construction

  • Completion: June 2008

Big Marine Park Reserve is owned and operated by Washington County and is part of the Minnesota Metropolitan Council's Regional Park System. The park was selected as a regional park facility because of its excellent natural resource features, which include: the St. Croix Valley, extensive ground moraine, and quality upland and wetland wildlife habitat.  The county park currently consists of a trail network, boat launch, an outdoor play area, a swimming beach, and four structures.

The current facilities include a swim beach building (which houses picnic shelters, an office area, concessions, changing rooms, restrooms, and break rooms for staff and visitor use), a contact station, a restroom building and a picnic shelter.  The site design incorporated features to minimize impact to natural resources, while preserving wildlife and wetland preservation and restoration

In 2008, this project was given an Award of Excellence by the Minnesota Recreation & Park Association.