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Small Business Saturday Hike @ Lake Rebecca


                              Let's support "Small Town America" 

                      on what has become almost a national tradition. 


This lake is an "oxbow" lake and was inundated by the Mississippi River during the flood in the spring of 2001. As a result, the lake contains many species normally associated with river fishing: sauger, white bass, freshwater drum (sheephead), catfish species, etc.

The shoreline is natural, containing an interesting natural community including an active bald eagle nest.

This hike will be on a paved trail and will start along the Mississippi River, head up the river bluffs and then come down Nininger Road (a sidewalk) back towards town. You can either head back to your car at this point or walk into Historic Downtown Hastings and do some shopping.

There are several antique stores, clothing stores, gift shops and numerous restaurants to stop in. I plan on going to one of my favorite places "The Busted Nut." They have great burgers, beer and best of all you can throw peanuts on the floor!

Please consider coming out on this hike to support the small businesses that have helped build this country.

DIRECTIONS: Lake Rebecca Park is located just off Lock and Dam Road, just west of the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings, MN

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  • Pamela J.

    Wonderful weather, nice relaxing hike

    1 · December 1, 2013

  • Heidi

    Purrrrrrfect weather!

    November 30, 2013

  • patty

    Fresh Air And Wonderful Company! Thanks, Sue!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Sue

    They were giving reindeer rides down the block. I'll post the picture of them soon. Thanks everyone for coming out today.

    November 30, 2013

  • Philip C

    nice low impact

    November 30, 2013

  • Teresa H.

    Another great hike! Even though I live in the area, I didn't know about the trails by the Lock and Dam / Lake Rebecca. Wonderful views of the river - this one is going on my list of "great hikes close to home"...! Thanks to Sue for organizing the hike!

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Matt (MattJ the 1.

    Nice day and not cold. Wish I could have gone to Busted Nut, but I am still full from Thanksgiving.

    November 30, 2013

  • Matt (MattJ the 1.

    Anyone interested in meeting earlier for more trail time?
    9:45 am - 10:45 am
    I am going for a pre-hike, hike just up the road at the Spring Lake Park Regional Park a "hidden Jewel".
    Meet at "the Gathering Center" building I will go South from there.
    Goal is the boat docks on the river.
    It is the Scharr's Bluff trailhead with the model plane airfield.

    November 30, 2013

  • Sue If anyone is interested in the location and menu.

    November 27, 2013

  • Sue

    Looking forward to going to the Busted Nut for a burger, beer and throwing peanuts on the floor.

    November 27, 2013

  • Rita L

    How long/far is the planned hike? Thanks!

    November 15, 2013

    • Sue

      Rita, this hike is about 1.5-2 miles. It's not a long one, but there is some elevation. But what goes up, must also come down and that's the last part of the hike.

      November 19, 2013

  • Dan M.

    What is the affiliation with "small business" is that another meetup group?

    November 19, 2013

    • Sue

      Hi Dan, no the hike isn't affiliated with any other Meetup group. Small Business Saturday is a national marketing trend to promote America's small businesses and encourage American's to shop and support these businesses. This is just the name I put to the hike.

      1 · November 19, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Am looking forward to exploring Lake Rebecca Park and supporting Small Business Saturday!

    November 11, 2013

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