Master Plan Purpose


To develop an outdoor recreational destination that would promote regional economic growth, development, and tourism while respecting private lands and the agricultural heritage of the area.

To address the conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Minnesota River Valley area in Redwood and Renville Counties.

To provide for the shared use, enjoyment, and understanding of these resources through a broad selection of outdoor recreational opportunities and recreational travel routes that connect units of the outdoor recreation system in the river valley.

The plan will also address the impacts to the natural and cultural resources, interpretive services, recreational opportunities, and administrative activities in the area and provide recommendations on the unit designation of the area under the Outdoor Recreation Act.

Project Schedule - 2016-2017 

Project Planning  – June - July

Analysis & Outreach – July - August

Conceptual Master Plan – Aug - September

Public Workshop 1 – Conceptual Master Plan Alternatives – Late September

Public Workshop 2 – Draft Master Plan – Tentative Dates are February 15 & 16

Draft Master Plan – May

Final Master Plan – June

To provide input on the Master Plan or be added to the project contact list, send an email to: Comment@MNRiverValleyMasterPlan.org


Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative‐Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).
  • The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.
  • Currently 40% of net Minnesota State Lottery proceeds are dedicated to growing the Trust Fund and ensuring future benefits for Minnesota’s environment and natural resources.
  • More Information: www.lccmr.leg.mn