Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park Master Plan Community Feedback

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In lieu of the March 19 public meeting, the Snail Lake Master Plan final concept can be reviewed below. Feedback and questions about the final concept can be emailed to Parks & Recreation. 

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Preferred Master Plan Concept

The following concepts have been created based on public feedback during three community meetings where flood affected trail infrastructure was discussed.

Preferred Concept Features

Wetland A

  • Fixed boardwalk is proposed on the east side of Wetland A; could be installed in phases.
  • Existing paved trails on the east side of Wetland A will remain paved.  In the future, if repairing paved trails is problematic, the trail will be converted to a natural surface trail. 
  • Alternative trails to bypass flooded tunnels at Snail Lake Blvd. and Gramsie Road with at-grade crossings.

Grass Lake

  • East and north side paved trail to be realigned to accommodate flood infrastructure, and Metropolitan Council Environmental Services trunk sewer line and maintenance access.
  • Boardwalks on the west and south side to complete a trail loop around the lake.
  • At-grade crossing at Gramsie Road for tunnel bypass.

Snail Lake Picnic Area


  • Option A is preferred for the relocation of the flooded picnic shelter.
  • A sand volleyball court is proposed to be relocated here as well.

Boat Launch

  • The boat launch location will remain unchanged and in its current location.
  • Future reconstruction will look at raising the launch and parking facilities to accommodate higher water levels.


Short Term Solutions

Ramsey County Parks & Recreation looked at possible short-term solutions for the flooded sections of the Wetland A trail system. The flooded area is approximately 1,200 feet with water elevations that fluctuate.

After considering alternatives such as trail raising and temporary boardwalks, the only option that will meet permitting and floodplain requirements, codes and ADA guidelines (other than a fixed boardwalk) is a floating boardwalk. However, a floating boardwalk presents issues with ramping on either end when water elevations change.

The cost of the floating boardwalk is also found to be equal to that of a fixed boardwalk which could be the permanent solution.  In light of these findings, the county will not pursue funding to complete a temporary solution.  Instead, the preferred alternative shown above could be installed in phases.  This allows for a flexible solution to seek multiple funding sources over several years.