Outdoors Stories

Even many long-time residents of our region may not know how rich we are in outdoor resources, especially when it comes to biking and paddling but of course, that’s not all. Here are some Greater Mankato Area outdoors stories for your enlightenment!

Photo by Kyle Zeiszler - Project Bike 2018 - Never camped in a sculpture park before. Mark that off the bucket list!

Dana Sikkila & Project Bike – One Tough Advocate for Minnesota Artists

Dana Sikkila, Director of the 410 Project and leader of Project Bike 2018 advocates for the arts on a bike ride across Minnesota.
Photo by Rick Pepper - North American Bison at Minneopa Park.

Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd at Minneopa State Park

Looking for something a little out-of-the ordinary to do with the kids this weekend? Consider taking them to Minneaopa State Park, just a few miles from Mankato, to see the American Bison herd.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Looking south onto the Blue Earth River, notice the wood structure under concrete

Minnesota & Blue Earth Rivers – Memories of ‘Low Tide’ Photo Album

Rick Pepper shows us that the confluence of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers at Sibley Park during “low tide” can be a lot of fun.
Photo by Rick Pepper - Triple Falls above the Blue Earth River

Triple Falls Photo Album – Hidden Gem South of Mankato

Rick Pepper takes us along on his photo-shoot south of Mankato to explore Triple Falls, another of the region's little known hidden gems
Bike Wheels - Key City Bike - Mankato, MN

Key City Bike – Cycling and Recycling With Heart

Key City Bike is making an impact by keeping bikes out of landfills and growing biking culture in the region.
Riverfront Drive

Memorial Day Weekend Photo Shoot

Rick Pepper takes us along on his Memorial Day Weekend photo shoot.
Photo by Rick Pepper - The swinging bridge offers a lot of character for photo ops.

Wildwood County Park – Hidden Gem Just North of St. Clair!

Wildwood County Park, located just north of St. Clair, is one of the Mankato area's best kept secrets.
Pelicans - Eagle Lake, MN

Photo Album – Four-Footed and Winged Mankato Area Wildlife

Creatures that go on two feet, four feet and wings are all enjoying the overdue arrival of spring. Here are a handful of Mankato area wildlife photos to encourage you to get out and explore!