Professional Inline Skate Instruction for Kids and Adults
Minnesota’s Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Roller Rinks
Rinks, both indoor and outdoor, are excellent controlled venues to safely practice new skills. Blended with qualified skate instruction, we recommend using flat smooth concrete, wood, grass, carpet and/or asphalt to refine skating skills. The following are a list of places to practice skating.
Description: Baker Park Reserve trail is part of Three Rivers park and trail system adjacent to Lake Independence, constructed on a rolling prairie which loops around a small lake.
Length: 6.23 miles
Getting There: The reserve is located about 20 miles west of downtown Minneapolis off of County Road 19. From Highway 12, take County Road 29 north to County Road 19, and follow County Road 19 north to the main park entrance. The park entrance is approximately ½ mile north of Dairy Queen on Cty Rd. 19.
Or Travel on Hwy 55 to County Road 19, turn south and follow 19 to the main entrance. Entrance will be on your left.
Difficulty: With its smooth asphalt, low usage and consistent moderate size inclines, Baker park is prime territory for anaerobic interval training, sport specific muscular power development and inline skating skill technique refinement. Due to lengthy moderate inclines and corners requiring stopping and turning skills at speed, we give Baker Park Reserve trail an intermediate trail difficulty rating.
Usage: Due to its remote location, the number of users is far less than other popular locations such as Lake Calhoun or Dakota Rail Regional Trail.
Surface Condition: Since the surface is fresh smooth asphalt, the condition is very good.
Scenery: With nearly 2,700 acres of natural lanscape including a view of prairie and lakes with Trumpeteer Swans, Baker Park Reserve’s inline skating trail is a beautiful not-to-distant remote getaway from busy city life. The trail offers fantastic views during fall leaf color changes in late September early October.
Water: There is one fountain pump near the northwest end of the loop. We recommend bringing a personal water source, snack and minor skate repair tools.
Parking: General parking at Three Rivers parks and trails is free for personal vehicles. Reservations and fees are required for premium parking areas and certain vehicles.
Skating ability recommendations: We recommend proficiency in OSB Level 1 – 4, and trail skate classes . Skaters’ who can stop, start and turn with ease on flats and down moderate inclines; are able to employ the defensive skate position, stabilizer, heel brake stop, heel pump stop, grass stop and modified trail stride are prepared for Baker Park Reserve Trails. Due to its remote location, we recommend skating with a friend and cell phone.
Fitness recommendations: We recommend skaters can skate at least 12 miles on beginner inline skate trails such as the greenway with some ease.
Other Trails that Connect: If you are interested in combining endurance with interval hill skating exercise, we recommend exploring Lake Independence Regional Trail which intersects with Baker Park Reserve trail.
Commentary: The adjacent park has numerous other recreational facilities for swimming, boating, picnicing, camping and golfing.
Lesson Meeting Place: We will meet you at the main entrance parking lot on Hwy 19. Parking fees apply. An alternate option is parking on the residential streets and walking or rolling to the park’s main entrance.
Please complete the following form to register for your next new adventure. Upon receipt we will send a confirmation e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org with additional details and a link to use for payment.
Description: Browns Creek State Trail is picturesque trail beginning at the St. Croix River riverfront from historic downtown Stillwater. The smooth asphalt trail takes skaters through beautiful scenic views toward the Gateway Trail. The trail is very smooth with a slight uphill grade towards the Greenway. Due to the slight gradual slope ROBICHON’S rates the trail difficulty as a beginner intermediate trail.
Length: 5.9 miles out
Brown’s Creek State Trail Description
The 5.9-mile Brown’s Creek State Trail, which opened in October 2014, is the latest addition to Minnesota’s extensive trail system. The rail-trail stretches from the St. Croix riverfront town of Stillwater to meet up with the popular Gateway State Trail in the town of Grant, thus becoming part of the expansive Willard Munger State Trail system. With this connection, trail users have direct access to the St. Croix River via off-road trails from the capital city of Saint Paul to Stillwater.
The paved route follows the former Minnesota Zephyr line that operated a dinner train along the route until 2008. Noted for its scenery, the route passes through woodlands along a 2-mile stretch of dedicated trout stream and through a mile-long corridor alongside the St. Croix River, a National Scenic Riverway and Minnesota’s only river in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The trail passes several historic sites. It also enables users to connect to local and regional parks and trails in the Stillwater area.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has installed a bicycle tune-up station in downtown Stillwater, two blocks south of the trail near Water Street. A second station is proposed for the Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve, located about halfway along the trail west of Stillwater.
Restrooms are located 0.25 mile south of the eastern trailhead at the pedestrian walkway, and seasonally at the Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve on Neal Avenue, halfway along the trail on the left. A seasonal portable toilet is also located on the Gateway State Trail at MN 96, 0.25 mile northeast of the intersection with the Brown’s Creek State Trail.
Parking and Trail Access
To access the trail in Stillwater, from Saint Paul, take I-694 to Exit 52B. Merge onto MN 36 E., and go 8.5 miles. Turn left onto MN 95 N./St. Croix Trail. In 2 miles, parking will be on the left at Laurel St.
Midway on the trail, parking is available at Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve. From Saint Paul, take I-694 to Exit 52B. Merge onto MN 36 E., and go 5 miles. Turn left onto Manning Ave. N., and go 2.6 miles. Turn right onto McKusick Road N., and in 1 mile, turn right onto Neal Ave. N. Parking will be on the right in 0.1 mile.
To access the trail in Grant, from Saint Paul, take I-694 to Exit 52B. Merge onto MN 36 E., and go 0.5 mile. Take the exit toward Hilton Trail, and follow Hilton north 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Stillwater Road/75th St. N., and go 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Jamaca Ave. In 1.9 miles, turn right onto MN 96/Dellwood Road. Parking will be on the right near the trestle bridge at 1.4 miles. Follow the Gateway State Trail southwest 0.25 mile to reach Brown’s Creek State Trail.
Robichon’s Inline can provide customized inline skating lessons and programs for all types of summer camps. Basic skating skills, fitness skating, ramp skating and beginning inline hockey are just a few camp options.
Through the years Robichon’s Inline has provided inline skating instruction for various summer camps throughout Minnesota. Below is a sampling of just a few of the organizations we have partnered with over the years.
Eden Prairie Safety Camp
Annunciation Church Day Camp
Chanhassen Safety Camp
St. Louis Park Festival
Minneapolis Police Kids Camp
Edina Kids Club
Plymouth Summer Camp
Maple Grove Summer Camp
Detroit Lakes Summer Festival
Anoka Ramsey Kid U
Summer Camp Options & Price List*,**
Inline Camp #1 (1 time Feature in camp) 1.25 hours of instruction
$150/session up to 12 skaters (1 instructor) ($12.50 per skater)
$225/session per 13-24 skaters (2 instructors) ($9-$17 per skater)
$300/session per 25-36 skaters (3 instructors) ($8-$12 per skater)
Inline Camp #2 (Weekly) 1.25 hours of instruction (3 week minimum)
$130/week up to 12 skaters (1 instructor)($11/skater/week)
$205/week 13-24 skaters (2 instructors) ($8.50-$15/skater/week)
$280/week 25-36 skaters (3 instructors) ($8-$11/skater/week)
Robichon’s Skate Ventures specializes in North American Skate Trips. Once you have experienced our world leading skate instruction programs, it is time to benefit from your efforts and explore the world on your inline skates.
Hilton Head Island Learn-to-Skate Vacation.
Hilton Head Island, SC // November 4 – November 8, 2018 is a learn-to-skate vacation on Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island is a vacation enclave with public trails navigating its entire perimeter. In the resort we stay we have a multitude of private trails which we utilize during the course of our learn-to-skate adventure. We would love to have you on our Hilton Head Island Skate Adventure.