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Hennepin Canal Visitor Center

Before exploring the wonders of the Hennepin Canal and trail, stop in at the Visitor Center near Sheffield. Several displays help illustrate the canal's past, including tools used to build and operate it. At the time the canal was built, workers often made their own tools by hand. There's also a model of a lock with a boat going through it, and a model of an aqueduct. Get a peek at the plant and animal life at the park through other displays at the center. Just outside the center is a beautiful half-acre patch of wildflower prairie. Among the plantings are little bluestem and big bluestem-- the official state prairie grass.