Irving and John Anderson Park Information
Anderson Park is:
Part of a 2000 acre area of Southeastern Isanti County that has been identified as having the largest, most diverse collection of flora and fauna in the county.
Includes 174 acres of restored prairie, woods, marshes and over a half mile of frontage on two small lakes.
About the Park
Anderson Park is a special place to visit. There are seven areas undergoing prairie and oak savannah restoration. Seeding has been completed and many native trees and shrubs planted. The first prescribed burn occurred in three fields in May, 2012.
Many diverse and unique species live within or visit the park. Examples include: blandings turtles, red-shouldered hawks, black bear, beaver, otter, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, white pine, white cedar, wild rice, prairie and woodland wildflowers, nesting neo-tropical warblers such as ovenbirds, chestnut-sided warblers, American redstarts, red-headed woodpeckers, yellow warblers, common loons, and black terns.
There are three trailhead parking areas and over 5 miles of multi-use trails with benches. A large picnic shelter with tables and grills, a restroom, a prairie display garden and a children’s play area are all located near Horse Leg Lake. The canoe launch for Horse Leg Lake is also near the picnic shelter.
Three boardwalks allow visitor’s access to the park’s unique wetlands. The 950 foot boardwalk also has a viewing platform that overlooks Horse Leg Lake and the connecting wetland.
The Friends of Anderson Park has partnered on two projects with the Isanti County Parks Department, the Minnesota Audubon Society and Wild River Audubon Chapter. The first was to erect a chimney swift tower just to the north of the picnic shelter. According to the Audubon Society, chimney swifts have declined by over 50 percent in the last 40 years. We hope hundreds of swifts will roost in the tower during the non-breeding season and especially during migrations.
The second project is to encourage purple martins to nest in the park. Martins are large swallows that nest together in colonies. A purple martin house has been erected on the west side of the picnic shelter. According to the Audubon Society purple martins are completely dependent on nest boxes for nesting sites in our area. Martins need specially designed martin houses, as well as adequate open space where they can hunt for dragonflies and other flying insects.
The park is located in the southeast corner of Isanti County in Minnesota (park map) just 6 miles from Interstate 35. It lies on both sides of County Road 18, a quarter mile north of County Road 9 and two miles south of County Road 5.
Park Address and Mapquest link:
27201 Furman St NE
North Branch, MN 55056
Hours and Rules of Use
The park is open from sunrise to sunset for walking, fishing, birding, and observing nature. Please remember to pick up after yourself and your pet and that the use of off-road motor vehicles and alcohol are strictly prohibited in the park.