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Atkinson Mill Race Park Has Plenty To Do For Relaxation

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A juvenile male oriole as seen on the Bluebird Trail at Atkinson Mill Race Park and Campground.

By Lorraine Lieswald
Atkinson Graphic

The Atkinson Mill Race Park & Campground is a great place to go for relaxation. Locals pull their campers there for a weekend retreat away from the everyday stresses of life. It's hard to drive through Mill Race Park anytime of the year without finding someone there just relaxing.

Mill Race Park is located approximately 1 mile from Atkinson and is a 50-acre park equipped with something for everyone. There is fishing above and below the dam, where the Elkhorn River meanders to the dam and forms a 14-acre lake above the dam. There is good fishing from the shoreline or with trolling motorboats, and also kayaking. For those just wanting to watch nature, there are numerous geese families that raise their young on the lake before heading north, and fur-bearing small animals can be seen on or near the bank of the Elkhorn River. For those loving disc golf, Mill Race Park features an eight-basket course that starts at the north of the lake and twines through the camping area where it ends adjacent to the Blue Bird Trail.

Wildlife, including deer, can be seen in and around the Bluebird Trail located on the eastern side of the park. Walking around the somewhat circular Bluebird Trail, nature lovers can see bluebirds nesting in their houses located around the half-mile trail where walkers, hikers, runners, and bird watchers can walk. Signs posted throughout the Bluebird Trail explain the habitat and ecosystem of the land. There are benches with adequate shade along the winding cement trail.

The campground located in the middle of Mill Race Park can accommodate 24 RVs. Tent spaces are available throughout the campsite.  Electric hookups are provided at each site, with water hydrants nearby. Campfires are allowed in designated areas. There is a bathroom/shower house with hot water near the campground.

For family get-togethers there are two open-air picnic shelters. Grills and picnic tables are scattered throughout the park ready for picnic seekers. For children there is new playground equipment along with old swings and a merry-go-round for them to spend hours of play. The bedding on the playground is made of ground up tires, which makes for softer spills when accidents do happen.

Whatever your choice, for relaxation Mill Race Park will not disappoint.

For more information about the Atkinson Mill Race Park and Campground, please click here.

Lorraine Lieswald/Atkinson Graphic

A fisherman enjoys the peace and quiet at Atkinson Mill Race Park & Campground.
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