With good fishing, boating and swimming, Waterville is your place to relax and enjoy in southern Minnesota.
Waterville Lions Park
Lion’s Park features an all purpose playground, swing set, basketball court and picnic shelter pavillion. Lion’s Park is a heavily used park that acts as the perfect resting place for weary bike riders using the Sakatah Trail.
Oak Park features an all purpose playground, a horseshoe pit, picnic tables and plenty of open space for just walking the dog. West Park is also the location of the city’s water treatment plant.
Municipal Swimming Beach
The Waterville Municipal Beach is located on the east end of Lake Tetonka. The beach features a Bath House and lifeguard coverage throughout the summer months. The municipal beach is also used frequently in the winter months as an entry point for ice fishing.
The boat landing is located on First Street on the Cannon River between Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah. This is a public access point that is open twenty-four hours a day for the purpose of docking boats. This public access point is also the home of Waterville’s new 180 foot, 300,000 gallon water tower.
The Sakatah old-gowth forest is one of just eight remaining in Minnesota. It was influenced by frequent fires over the centuries. Ancient oaks are the most common trees. Prairie plants grow along the area's roadsides and railroad lines.
Sakatah Lakes State Park
The park is open year-round and is beautiful to explore in any season. Modern restroom facilities close during the winter months, but vault toilets are available year-round. Electricity is available at 14 campsites for an additional fee. Sakatah Lake's optimal conditions are found in spring and early summer, and again in the fall. Because the lake is shallow, it tends to develop significant algae growth and odor in midsummer, which may make fishing or boating less enjoyable depending on the wind direction and weather. Please note: the park does not have a designated swimming beach.
Midpoint Trail Head is Located in Waterville off State Hwy 13, 1/4 mile North of State Hwy 60. (2 minutes away)
The Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail is a 39 mile multiple use trail running between Mankato and Fairbault, which has been developed on an abandoned railroad grade. The trail lies in the transition zone between what was once the “BigWoods” and the vast prairies.
Waterville Area Fisheries
Waterville area fisheries staff perform management, habitat and oversight work for 120 fishing lakes and 107 rivers and streams in Le Sueur, Rice, Steele, Blue Earth, Dodge, Freeborn, Mower, Faribault and Waseca counties.
Popular area waters are the Cannon River Chain of Lakes, Madison Lake and Washington Lake. Each is popular for abundant panfish, largemouth bass, walleye and northern pike.
Waterville Fish Hatchery
The Waterville Fish Hatchery was established in 1954 major updates of facility occurred in 1989, 1998, and 2012. The hatchery plays a major role in northern pike fry reintroduction in some area lakes after winterkill and reclamation as well as raising channel catfish for distribution to areas with fingerling requests and for St. Paul hatchery yearling production for stocking.