When Memorial Park first was developed, picnic areas with overlooks were created in the two abandoned Carlson quarries atop Sorin's Bluff. Each has a sugar loaf rock formation that remained after mining ceased, and each offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin. In 2012 to 2013, the quarries were cleared of dead trees and invasive vegetation by a joint citizen-city effort. The Red Wing Area Fund provided money for milling the quarry floors; refurbishing parking lots; and adding new trail heads, kiosks, fencing, fire rings, stone picnic tables and picnic grills in both quarries.
Upper Quarry Area
The Upper Quarry Area features:
8 stone picnic tables
Access to hiking trails
The Picnic shelter can be reserved by printing out the Facility Use Request Form (PDF) and mailing it back to the Public Works Department at 229 Tyler Road North in Red Wing, or faxing it to 651-388-0243. Shelter requests can also be emailed to Julie Eckstrom at the Public Works Department.
For additional assistance, please contact us at 651-385-3674. You can check the availability of a park pavilion by checking the facilities calendar.
This shelter is a large open air shelter with 4 large stone picnic tables, and can accommodate approximately 24 to 30 people. One large charcoal grill is near the shelter for your use. Water and electricity are not available in this park.
The shelter is available on a "first come first serve basis" after all paid reservations are honored. Please check the schedule of reservations posted on the shelter.