Plan Your Visit

Rapids Lake EVC

Directions, Address and Contact Information

Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District Headquarters
Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center
15865 Rapids Lake Road
Carver, MN 55315
Phone: 952-361-4500

The Minnesota Valley Wetland Management District headquarters is located at the Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center, between the cities of Carver and Jordan, Minnesota. The center is 4 miles north of Jordan and 3.5 miles south of Carver. From County Road 11, turn east on Carver Highlands Drive, then continue to follow the road east until you reach the visitor center.

Points of Interest

There are 29 Waterfowl production areas on the district that offer great opportunities for wildlife viewing and observation in Blue Earth, Dakota, Scott, LeSueur, Rice, Sibley, Carver, Steele, and Waseca counties

Lincoln Waterfowl Production Area has recently been restored and provides prairie and wetland habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, deer, and grassland songbirds. Cobb River Waterfowl Production Area is a diverse unit containing prairie, wetland, and floodplain forest habitat. This unit is a prime example of the transition zone between northern tallgrass prairie and the forested floodplains of the Cobb River. Designated parking areas on this unit offer a beautiful hilltop view of the wetlands and surrounding prairie.

Know Before You Go

Be prepared, as you may encounter flooding, wet or muddy areas, thorny vegetation, and rough ground during your visit. During warm weather, wear bug spray and sunscreen and bring drinking water. Waterfowl production areas are open to hunting and we recommend wearing blaze orange during hunting seasons.