Scenic Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota nestles up into the beautiful Mississppi River bluffs just outside of Winona. To the south and east of campus, you’ll find a network of trails that run along the bluffs and into wooded valleys.
- No motorized vehicles on trails at any time
- No bicycles of any kind of trails
- No pets allowed on campus at any time
Beautiful trail network for running, mountain biking and hiking.
The SMU Ice Arena is attached to the school’s 78,000 square foot Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC) facilities. The RAC includes an 8-lane competitive pool, 200-meter indoor track, and 4 multi-purpose courts. Along with the RAC, the university’s outdoor recreation facilities include baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as 15 miles of cross country trails. Community members can call to find out when they are invited to use these facilities.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota nestles up into the scenic Mississippi River bluffs just outside of Winona, an area overflowing with outdoor recreation opportunities: hiking, running, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, biking, golfing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Saint Mary’s 400+ acre campus provides many outdoors opportunities to our students as well as to the public, including almost 10 miles of trails. We encourage you to take advantage of the recreational activities below.
- Challenge ropes course – rates based on duration and number of participants
- The Woods disc golf course – FREE
- St. Mary’s network of trails – FREE
Let’s Go Fishing provides people ages 55 years and older with free fishing and boating excursions. This program returns a sense of freedom to the lives of guests, provides a safe opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and offers time to socialize with peers and meet new friends.
Volunteers are invaluable resources to Let’s Go Fishing of MN. If you are 24 years of age or older, you may volunteer and assist with Let’s Go Fishing. Or, if you are part of the grand-kid program from 12 to 16 years of age, you may assist the adult volunteers of the program.
If you have the knowledge to operate a pontoon, you can be part of a two-person team who can take seniors on outings. There will always be a minimum of 2 adult volunteers on each pontoon – one to captain the watercraft, the other to assist. If you have the heart and desire to help the seniors and would rather not be on the water, you can help by volunteering at fish-fry’s, parades or other functions or fundraising events.
Click here to get started as a volunteer.
- Youth can act as a “mate” on boat
- Prepare boat for launch from dock, untie boat for launch, tie up boat after docking
- Close up boat following trip
- Assist participants with donning and removal of life vests
- Help fill out trip paperwork
- Distribute Lake View Drive in coupon and Donations envelopes to participants
- Distribute water to participants and crew as desired
- Help with sightseeing, point out landmarks and other things if they’re knowledgeable
- Assist participants with fishing
- Help load and unload participant from boats
- Youth Program (go into schools youth groups, etc. and help teach kids about fishing)
Summer months only, starting in May. Morning, early and late afternoon boat trips, some weekends. Need parental waiver on all youth volunteers younger than 18.
Project GO programs are community-driven outdoor programs that introduce children to nature during the afterschool and out-of-school hours. These programs are implemented by local communities using the GO Toolkit designed by Project Get Outdoors, Inc., a non-profit organization that created this program.
Project GO would not exist without the efforts of a vast volunteer network and dedicated interns. These individuals are critical to the ongoing success of the program.
There are a variety of local and statewide volunteer opportunities available to those who are interested in assisting. All volunteers over the age of 18 who will be working on an on-going basis with the children will be screened and trained.
While programs and services have evolved throughout history to remain relevant to the Winona community, the foundation and mission have been steadfast.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
To connect and engage people to enhance lives and build community.
Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility
For Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
For Healthy Living: Improving the nation’s health and well-being
For Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
18 hole golf course.
The Bridges, set in Winona’s beautiful Pleasant Valley, offers striking vistas and a challenging golf course. Pleasant Creek winds through the course, coming into play on nine of the eighteen holes. Multiple tees and several elevation changes give all players the opportunity to challenge their game. Click here to schedule your tee time.
- 400-meter, 8-lane championship-level running track with full facilities for all jumping and throwing events
- Artificial turf regulation football and soccer field with lighting
- Adjacent grass practice field for soccer, football, and recreation
- Facility accommodates practices and competition for college, high school, and junior high school programs
- Open for use by community members, parks and recreation programs, elementary school programs
Westfield Golf Club, established in 1923, is a nine hole public golf course and club, offering a wonderful golf and fine dining atmosphere for your enjoyment.
Westfield has an outstanding golfing facility and programs for individuals as well as the entire family.
In addition there are weekday programs for outside groups both large and small.
Rent ice skates, snowshoes, canoes, kayaks, bikes, helmets, life vests, discs for frisbee golf, and paddle boards – all for just an annual membership fee of $10! Children under the age of 4 are free, but still need to register. Membership is valid for summer and winter activities. All participants must sign a waiver.
Open space available to the public with games, puzzles, a piano, table tennis, bocce ball, board games, wireless internet and a fireplace.
Ice rink is available on the lake in winter. Indoor and outdoor facility rentals. Organized youth sports through the Park & Recreation Department.
Summer Hours (June – August): Monday – Friday: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Open until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to enjoy the Municipal Band from the water.) Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 ? 6:00 p.m. Fall & Winter Hours (September – May): Monday – Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Grab a GPS device – go out for a run or bike ride – view your activities on strava.com!
Strava grew out of our own needs as athletes. With busy lives requiring much solo training, we missed the sense of camaraderie and friendly competition that drove us to achieve our best through training with others. We envisioned Strava as the means to put our workouts and races into context. We call that social fitness.
Today, Strava lets athletes all over the world experience social fitness—sharing, comparing and competing with each other’s personal fitness data via mobile and online apps. Strava lets you track your rides and runs via your iPhone, Android or dedicated GPS device to analyze and quantify your performance. Strava makes fitness a social experience, providing motivation and camaraderie even if you’re exercising alone.
· Catalog available each season with classes for all interest areas for kids and adults.
· After School Activities program offers intramural sports, recreation, arts programs.
· Project COMPASS classes specialize in slower paced classes for all, customized classes for people with disabilities, parent and professional development workshops and support groups.
· Key Kids/Summer Key Kids is a child care program held after school, on non-school days and snow days for children enrolled in Kindergarten through Fourth grade. Summer Key Kids offers child care for children who have finished Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.
· Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) welcomes all families with children age birth to kindergarten. They offer information about child development and parenting techniques and give children opportunities to discover and learn.
· Community Preschools is located at Goodview Elementary.
· Early Childhood Screening is a FREE screening for all 3 – 5 year olds, available by appointment. This is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing.
· Baby Connections is a great place to call if you are expecting or parenting a baby. Schedule an appointment for a baby visit.
Winona’s Park and Recreation Department coordinates youth and adult activities, programming, equipment rental, and facility rental at the City’s many parks and recreational resources. The Park and Recreation webpage includes information on parks, trails, special events, sports leagues, creative workshops, trainings, and a number of other recreational opportunities.
Communities Off n’ Funning is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to creating, and supporting active endeavors in communities large and small. Our goal: to get kids, families and communities up, out and active by providing fun adventures and educational opportunities that inspire a healthy lifestyle and a passion for unplugged play.
Click here for upcoming events.
Volunteering with Communities Off N’ Funning is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have! It is the volunteers that ensure participants have a safe, inspirational experience and provide some awesome ooo-raa-raa support! If you’re interested in lending a helping hand for any of the events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on offices, permits, kids and family events, and endangered species. Equipment rentals include GPS for geocaching, backpacks with hiking and adventure tools, and binoculars.
The refuge offers some of the best opportunities to see and enjoy migration. Visitors from across the United States and several foreign countries come here hoping to see Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans and the large concentrations of waterfowl. Others enjoy fishing, hunting or tranquil backwater excursions. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and some stay in nearby hotels. The refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.
Brone’s Bike Shop is a professional level bicycle shop. Their service department and staff are qualified to fix all makes and models of bicycles ranging from the entry level department store bikes to your top-of-the-line specialty bicycle. If you are looking for quality and value in a service department then look no further!
- Service and repair
- Bikes, biking equipment and accessories
- Time Trial Series and Group Rides. Both events start and end at the shop. Meet at the shop a little before 6 and ride out to the course. Start time is 6:30 sharp at each venue.
Your cross-country skiing guide to the upper Midwest. This site provides information on trails, trail conditions, training programs, equipment, lodging, races and race results, and general notices. Geographically, it covers all of Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Iowa, the upper peninsula of Michigan, and the Thunder Bay area of Canada.
Dollar Days every 1st and 3rd Sunday! Sign up for swim lessons for you and/or your kids.
This facility offers a variety of features including:
• 208 Foot Water Slide
• Olympic Size Swimming Pool
• Large Zero Depth Area (ideal for children due to the water level starting at zero and gradually getting deeper)
• Mushroom Waterfall
• Two Diving Boards
• Lap Swimming
• Playground Area
• Concession Stand & Grassy Area
• Spacious Deck
The Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) is a non-profit Minnesota Corporation. The MYSL provides membership and instruction to all youth without regard to race, creed, color, or athletic ability. This volunteer organization offers children between the ages of 4 and 15 and their parents the opportunity to learn, develop and enjoy cross country skiing skills together.
Weather permitting, meet for approximately eight weeks beginning in December or January.