The Shingle Creek watershed is named for the primary stream draining the 44 square mile watershed. Shingle Creek is formed at the confluence of Eagle and Bass Creeks in Brooklyn Park. It flows 11 miles, discharging to the Mississippi River just upstream of the Camden Bridge in Minneapolis. Lower Bass Creek flows from the outlet weir of Boulder Ridge Pond to the confluence with Eagle Creek; Upper Bass Creek flows from its headwaters near Vicksburg Lane in Plymouth to Bass Lake. Other streams include Pike Creek in Maple Grove and Plymouth; Twin Creek in Brooklyn Park; and Ryan Creek in Robbinsdale and Minneapolis.

There are only a few natural streams in the 23 square mile West Mississippi watershed, and they are typically seasonal and intermittent, including Oxbow Creek in Champlin and Mattson Brook in Brooklyn Park. Edinbrook/Century Channel drains a wide area of central Brooklyn Park. It is mostly an excavated channel, although some segments are aligned with historic intermittent/ seasonal channels. It discharges into Mattson Brook near West River Road.

Flow and water quality in Shingle Creek are monitored every year, and the results are presented in the Annual Monitoring Report. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) operates a monitoring station on Shingle Creek at the Queen Avenue bridge in Minneapolis. That data, including current flow rate are available on the USGS website.

Shingle Creek Watershed

West Mississippi Watershed


Length (mi)


Length (mi)

Shingle Creek




Lower Bass Creek


Mattson Brook


Upper Bass Creek


Oxbow Creek


Eagle Creek




Pike Creek




Twin Creek




Ryan Creek*




*Excludes segment confined to storm sewer

Connections at Shingle Creek


The cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center are working on a trail project to create a connection to the regional trail system, improve conditions for pedestrians and bikers along a portion of Brooklyn Blvd, and create outdoor learning spaces for Park Center High School and Brooklyn Junior High students. 


A public meeting was held November 19, 2013, for all interested to see the initial design for the trail and give feedback.


In January, 2014, the Commission received a $200,000 grant from the Clean Water Fund to stabilize and restore eroded streambanks and add fish and insect habitat to fund part of this project.


For more information, please email Kim.Berggren@brooklynpark.org or phone 763-493-8050.


Click here for a flyer from this meeting including a map of the proposed trail.