Nicollet County’s Seven Mile Creek Park offers hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Seven Mile Creek, flowing through the park to the Minnesota River, is one of very few designated trout streams in south-central Minnesota. The creek is also the main natural drainage system for 24,000 acres of some of the most fertile and productive agricultural land… Read More


A key element in the strategic plan for the 7-Mile Creek Watershed Partnership was to collect, analyze, and share data. At the community conversation last September, several questions about 7-Mile and the state of the watershed arose. In response to those questions and in an effort to utilize the data from the watershed, researchers connected… Read More


One of the six goals in our watershed community’s Strategic Plan was to “Increase communication among key stakeholders in the 7 Mile Creek Watershed.” During the watershed visioning conversation so many people were saying, “we need to do more of THIS,” meaning more of getting people together, more of talking to people who aren’t like… Read More


A little more than three months ago, 65 members of the 7 Mile Creek Watershed community came together for a “Watershed Conversation” to define a vision for the watershed, and to launch a future in which actions to realize that future are generated from, supported by, and energized by our community’s investment in those actions.… Read More


The Mogensen Family grows corn and soybeans on about 2100 acres in Belgrade, Oshawa, and Traverse townships, Nicollet County. Their home farm and several farms that they rent from neighbors border the northern edges of 7 Mile Creek County Park, and a few of 7 Mile Creek’s tributary ravines begin on property that the Mogensens… Read More


After entire seasons of missed visits to Seven Mile Creek Park, users of this popular recreation spot seem happy to know it is open for business again. The park was closed through the spring, summer and good portion of fall while crews worked on raising Highway 169, blocking access to the park’s 10 miles of… Read More


Legislator Field Day

Water quality improvement projects are difficult to get done and may not show the expected benefits to all involved, locals told state legislators on a recent visit. Karen Galles, who works on Seven Mile Creek Watershed projects for Great River Greening and the Nicollet County Soil and Water Conservation District, told a group of state… Read More


Seven Mile Creek

As conservation projects continue in the Seven Mile Creek Partnership, its leaders are striving to grow community engagement. The partnership is propelled by a four-year $1.7 million Targeted Watershed Demonstration grant received from the Board of Water and Soil Resources in late 2014. The grant’s objective is to concentrate conservation efforts  in a relatively small… Read More


Great River Greening volunteer Rebecca Krenik hands a branch to Ruth Bueckers while clearing a ravine near Seven Mile Creek Saturday. Photo by Pat Christman.

About 40 volunteers tramped through mud, pulling branches up the sides of a ravine and stacking them in huge piles on the edge of a farm field. The project, organized by Great River Greening, will cut down on erosion in the ravine, which feeds into Seven Mile Creek. “We know that about three-quarters of the… Read More