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Shady Oaks Native Prairie Adventure Trails

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Other Names

Coon Creek, Redwood River, Red Wood River

Last Known StatusOpen

This ATV park offers about six miles of beginner friendly woods trails that form numerous loops. All trails are marked and wind through a variety of oak, various hardwood and fruit trees, prairie grass and wildflowers. There are eight wooden bridge crossings that cross over a shallow creek. Other amenities include picnic tables, porta potties and four campsites with electric and water hookups.

Visitors are encouraged to sign the guest book before riding. There is also no set fee to ride but since the park is partially funded by the state, the remainder is paid with donations which help with trail maintenance. Donation boxes are available at the main entrance.

The trails are seasonal and are open May through October, weather permitting. The trails may also close temporarily during wet weather conditions, so call first before heading out. The park is open during daylight hours, but camping can be found nearby. Visitors should note that the trails are open to ATVs and UTVs only that are 65 inches or less in width.

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Permit RequiredYesMN OHV Permit
Dates OpenMay 1 through October 15, weather permitting
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 65 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandDNR, Private, County Land


RidingYes ($20.00 per OHV)
suggested donation fee per ATV/UTV
Tent: $30.00
RV: $30.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityRussell, MN
Address1863 170th Ave, Russell, MN 56169
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Marshall, MN
1) Take Hwy 23 West about 14 miles
2) Turn right onto County Hwy 31, continue .7 miles
3) Veer right onto 1st Street, continue 1 block
4) Turn left onto Fronts Street, continue .1 mile
5) Turn right (north) onto 3rd Street (name changes to Park Road), continue about .25 miles
6) Park entrance is on the left (west).


Contact InfoShady Oaks Native Prairie Adventure Trails
1863 170th Ave
Russell, MN 56169
(507) 823-4215
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
CommentOHV Permit Info



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Approx Size89 acres
Miles Of Trail6
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1560 to 1590 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has no rocks.None
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis county land has few roads.Few
ShadeThis county land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline GasolineRussell, MN
Diesel DieselRussell, MN
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV HookupOn Site
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (NE)Camden State Park (507) 872-7031
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Siteproperty has four sites with electric and water hookups
Convenience Store Conv StoreRussell, MN
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