Big Marine Lake North Boat Launch - 11759 Mayberry Trail North
This public boat launch, operated and managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers boaters and anglers access to Big Marine Lake.
Big Marine Lake Park Reserve - 17495 Manning Trail North
Big Marine Park Reserve is on the southern shores of Big Marine Lake and on the southside of Scandia. The park was selected as a regional facility because of its excellent natural resource features, including the St. Croix Valley/northeast ground moraine and high-quality upland and wetland wildlife habitat. When completed, the park will be 1,800 acres, with 80 percent of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. This 80 percent will eventually resemble the land as it was prior to the arrival of the settlers in the mid-1800s. Vehicle permits
are required for all vehicles entering the park.
Gammelgården Museum - 20880 Olinda Trail North
Hay Lake School Museum & The Johannes Erickson Log House - 14020 195th Street North
Meaning “old farm” in Swedish, the Gammelgården Museum is the only open air museum devoted to preserving, presenting and promoting Swedish immigrant heritage in the United States. In buildings that have been carefully preserved and restored, visitors can get a glimpse of the daily lives & artifacts of these immigrants and participate in events and classes.
The Hay Lake School was constructed in 1896. It was used by Washington County Rural School system until 1963. The school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 1970. In 1974 the Washington County Historical Society took over the schoolhouse and in 1978 the Society purchased the school from the Forest Lake School District. The log house was constructed in 1868 by Johannes Erickson and his thirteen year old son Alfred. The Washington County Historical Society now operates both buildings as museums that demonstrate the early history of settlers in Scandia and the entire County.
Swedish Settlers Monument/Hay Lake Park - 14001 Old Marine Trail North
Log House Landing/St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Erected in 1900, the Swedish Monument now stands near the site of this first log house built 1850, located 1.5 miles south of Highway 97 on Olinda Trail North (County Road 3). The monument is inscribed with the names of the first Swedish settlers in Minnesota. Hay Lake Park is located adjacent to the monument at the intersection of Old Marine Trail and Olinda Trail North in the south central part of the city, this 7-acre site has been updated with a park shelter, picnic tables, grills, lighting and electrical hook-ups. Parking is available on the street.
- 16956 205th Street North
Settlers came by way of New York City, making their way to the St. Croix River and to Log House Landing, where they greeted a landscape reminiscent of their homelands - land that had been ceded by Dakota tribes in the Treaty of 1837. The Landing is access to the St. Croix River, part of the National Park Service. (NOTE: Google Maps indicates a location a mile away from the St. Croix River. Mapquest has the correct map in the address link.)
Scandia Veterans Memorial at Lilleskogen Park
- 14600 Oakhill Road North
The memorial is dedicated to US military veterans, regardless of where they are from or when they served. There are 105 personalized pricks per wall. 210 bricks in total at present. Every brick has a story. Read their stories in the biographies at the information stand.
Veteran's Campground on Big Marine Lake
- 11300 180th Street North
The Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake is a family campground that provides facilities and opportunities for recreation, rest, and recovery for all military veterans who have served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States, their families, and sponsored guests.
Washington County Barn Quilt Trail
- Downloadable Brochure with Map
The Washington County Barn Quilt Trail is a 16.4 mile (or 26.39 kilometers) route that winds through the beautiful communities of Scandia, Marine on St. Croix, and the Town of May in Minnesota. Along the way, there are 18 barn quilts that are based on quilt patterns in the book The Quiltmaker's Gift.
William O'Brien State Park
- 16821 O'Brien Trail North
William O'Brien State Park is a 1,520-acre state park of Minnesota, along the St. Croix River. Park highlights include camping, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, naturalist programs, and bird watching.