We have a lot of outdoors to offer in Aurora!
From playgrounds to softball, fishing to hunting, walking to biking, skiing to snowshoeing - we have it all!
The Aurora Parks and Recreation Department oversees 8 parks throughout town, which include amenities such as softball diamonds; a newly constructed basketball court; outdoor ice skating rinks; playground equipment; and picnic shelters.
It is our intention to have safe, clean and enjoyable parks and facilities for our residents to enjoy. If you have a question or comment, I encourage you to contact our office at (218) 229-2614. We will be happy to assist you or to answer any questions you may have.
The City is partnering with the Caring for Kids Community to redesign and renovate park spaces and provide greater opportunities for children and teens in our area. For more information about the Caring for Kids Community Group, contact Jacie Cherro at email@example.com
Pine Grove Park - Located in the center of Aurora along Highway 110, Pine Grove Park offers a picturesque setting rolling hills and mature trees providing serenity and shade. Stroll down the blacktop path through the park for just a little exercise or follow the Mesabi Trail to connect to miles of biking and hiking. The younger kids enjoy the well kept playground equipment while children of all ages enjoy the newly renovated Ed Berdice Ball Field. Pack a picnic and set a table under the covered Lions Club building or under the trees. Plenty of parking available.
Morningside Park - tucked in Morningside Addition, in the alley between South 2nd Street West and South Main Street, this quaint park offers residents of all ages a chance to get out to play in a quiet area of town.
East End Park - East End Park is a true hidden treasure located in Aurora's east end along 2nd Street East and North 2nd Avenue. With a newly constructed half court basketball court this park offers residents a chance to get some cardio exercise or take a break under the picnic shelter!
North Woodland Terrace Park - nestled among the pine trees along West 3rd Avenue South, the North woodland Terrace Park offers plenty of space for running, jumping and playing. A small picnic shelter allows for picnicking and a small playground is equipped with slides and swings for children to enjoy.
Lake St. James Walking Trail - nestled among the pines with breathtaking views of Lake St. James, this newly constructed bituminous walking trail starts at the Mesabi Trailhead located on 3rd Avenue North and extends for 3 miles.
Mesabi Trail - The Mesabi Trail is a premier bicycle trail winding through some of the state's prettiest regions. Aurora is proud to be a Trailhead along the Mesabi Trail. Offering a premier trail to bike, walk, horseback ride, or roller blade along this premier trail
ATV/Snowmobile Trails - Aurora is the place for snowmobile and ATV riding. With groomed snowmobile and ATV trails through town, riders are able to stop in Aurora for a bite to eat, refuel, and enjoy the scenery. Trails are maintained by the Ranger Snowmobile and ATV Club. For more information about ATV riding or snowmobiling in the area, visit the www.rangersnowmobileatvclub.org or contact Dewey Rudolph at (218) 290-0720.
Cross Country Skiing Trails - due to the generosity and kindness of volunteers, many unofficial cross country ski trails have been created north of Aurora. For more information, contact City Hall at (218) 229-2614.
Aurora's Lake St. James is home to fabulous Trout Fishing! Trout Fishing Lakes are extremely popular with anglers, who like trout for their beauty, fight, and taste--not to mention the fact that many trout lakes are amidst some of Minnesota's wildest, most scenic settings. Aurora's Lake St. James is stocked annually with Rainbow Trout. For more information, visit the MN Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/showreport.html?downum=69042800.
Aurora is located adjacent to many miles of federal land in the Superior National Forest and the Whiteface River State Forest. Hunting, trapping, and fishing in state and Federal forests is allowed during the appropriate season and with the correct license.
For more information about the Superior National Forest, click HERE.
Need information on Hunting Regulations? Click HERE to download the Dept of Natural Resources Handbook.
REMEMBER: Always ask permission before entering private land. You need permission to hunt on agricultural land even if it is not posted. Trespassing is a misdemeanor.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the following:
City of Aurora City Clerks Office (218) 229-2614
MN Dept. of Natural Resources - Tower Office (218) 753-2580