Bird on BenchHerons and turtles and deer… oh my! And a few turkeys, too. Lino Lakes is host to a variety of creatures who call our vast network of lakes, woodlands and wetlands home. Venturing out from the 5,500 acre Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, many fauna can be enjoyed while exploring the city.

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron

Lino Lakes is home to one of Minnesota’s largest Great Blue Heron rookeries. The island rookery is found on Peltier Lake Island. A task force of volunteers manages the rookery each year. If you are interested in helping, please call the city’s environmental department. For more information on the Peltier Island heron colony, visit the Facebook page.

Blandings Turtle

Blanding’s Turtle

Blanding’s turtles are a protected species of turtle found throughout the city. Developers and contractors are asked to avoid and minimize impacts to this rare turtle during construction projects. 



In the past few years, coyotes populations have rebounded in many suburban communities and Lino Lakes is no exception. While coyotes do not pose a danger to humans, it is important to protect your pets from possible predation by not letting them roam unsupervised. For more information visit the DNR website.