Mom and I explored Gray’s Bay Dam Park on Thanksgiving morning. Our Thanksgiving plans changed, so we had to pack up everything and cook the meal at Gramma’s house. Because Olivia is naughty in the kitchen which makes Gramma nervous, Mom decided to only take me along for the day. She put the bird in the oven and then we went out for our walk.
We always walk when we are out at Gramma’s but we wanted to find some place new to explore. It turns out this park was completed in 2007. The park is at the dam site where Lake Minnetonka and the Minnehaha Creek headwaters meet. The dam is used to control the water flow into the creek.
These rocks I’m standing on are right next to the dam where it opens and closes. Since Mom was kayaking on the creek in 2019, it is interesting for her to see the place that regulates the water flow. My sisters were walking on another trail a couple weeks ago, right next to the creek, just a short distance downstream from the dam.
Although the park is interesting, it is also different. There is a small landing area and a dock, but the walking trail is actually about nine hundred feet of boardwalk above the water. It zigzags back and forth across the creek headwaters.
On the other end of the boardwalk there is a small grassy area, just perfect for a photo. Between the water and the land, there is a lot of marsh type area.
There is also another bridge to a neighborhood that is right across a smaller body of water. It’s correct to say there is a lot of water in this part of town! Basically this park and trail goes from one neighborhood to another, connecting them by going over the water. It’s not a place for a long walk, but it is interesting to visit.
Look! There are swans swimming right off the side of the boardwalk. Mom didn’t have her telephoto lens along, so they are a bit distant.
Along the boardwalk there is a place to sit and rest your paws while looking out over the water. The breeze makes my head furs look quite messy. Mom might be right about me needing a spa visit soon!
Gray’s Bay Dam Park is a fun place to check out, and one only needs about a half hour to cover it all. It is very peaceful, and a good place to get your paws wet when it is swimming weather. If you enjoy finding new places to explore like we do, this one won’t disappoint.
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