Luce Line Trail

State Trail
The scenic
Luce Line Trail is located on the former railroad bed which belonged to the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad.

The trail offers incomparable year-round opportunities for jogging, hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing through a countryside of lakes, marshes, farm fields and pastures. The trail begins in Plymouth and runs west through the heart of Watertown to Hutchinson and beyond.

For more information on the Luce Line Trail, see or call Minnesota DNR Trails and Waterways Unit at (651) 772-7935.

The beautiful
Crow River, which flows through Watertown, offers even more recreational opportunities. Canoers and anglers find it equally inviting. People can leisurely canoe down the river or try their luck at a number of game fish found in the river.

Crow River

River’s Edge Country Club and Timber Creek Golf Course provide a challenge to the avid golfer or simply a pleasant afternoon outing with family and friends.

City Parks
The City of Watertown maintains an excellent park system for both passive and organized recreation.

Rick Johnson Memorial Park is nestled along the Crow River and is a perfect setting for fishing, canoeing or a picnic lunch.

Highland Park provides a wide variety of uses for people of all ages – a baseball field for town team, Legion and Little League games; horseshoe pits; recreation equipment for kids; and shaded picnic areas.

A hockey rink and free skating rink is located on the east side of the city.

Evergreen Park features four regulation fields for both softball and Little League games. The complex was funded by generous contributions from the Watertown Lions Club and Watertown American Legion Post 121.

Community Events
During the summer, the community has a fun-filled three-day celebration at the end of July called the Watertown
Rails to Trails Festival. It features many events for young and old alike, including Taste of Watertown, local bands, fire muster parade, 5K.

During the school year, high school sports, music and dramatic activities offer a unique opportunity to see young people display their talents. Churches give seasonal concerts and programs which are open to the public. A Christian Music Festival is also held each summer and draws talented musicians and vocalists from the area.

In addition, Watertown Friends of the Arts sponsors seasonal concerts held at various locations throughout the community.

Nature Reserves
Within minutes of Watertown are regional parks and nature reserves including Lowry Nature Center in Carver Park Reserve, Lake Rebecca, and Morris Baker Parks. A11 offer a wide program of nature study and miles of hiking trails and groomed ski trails. For additional information on the regional parks, call (763) 559-9000 or see Hennepin Parks.

Area Lakes
If fishing or boating interest you, there are many nearby lakes, such as Lake Waconia, Lake Minnetonka, and many other smaller lakes in the Hennepin Regional Park system.

Swimming beaches can be found on many of the lakes, including Waconia, Minnetonka, Rebecca, and Independence. Anglers will find a wide variety of game fish waiting for the right bait in these lakes.

Metro Entertainment
Watertown is less than an hour away from fine music, art and sport entertainment of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota Orchestra, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Science Museum and Omni Theatre, Minnesota History Center, University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Target Center, Valley Fair amusement park, Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Como Park Zoo, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, St. Paul RiverCentre, and Mall of America are some of the entertainment centers in the metro area.