Dickinson Spring Artesian Well, Rockford, MN


Posted: May 2, 2010

Category: Minnesota, North America, United States, View All

Highway 55 west of the Twin Cities
Rockford, MN 55373
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In 1914 a farmer dug a well here, but it went dry during the drought of the 1930s. In 1938, a road crew nicked a pipe from the well. It started flowing again and has ever since. The bubbling spout of water was named after the local ghost town of Dickinson.

Article from Minnesota Public Radio about the well: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/17/drinkingwells/

Nearest Address

There’s a small roadside stop along Highway 55 west of the Twin Cities between the towns of Buffalo and Rockford.

Directions from Nearest Address

There’s a small roadside stop along Highway 55 west of the Twin Cities between the towns of Buffalo and Rockford.

Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

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Map Link: Dickinson Spring Artesian Well Map

Submitted by: Eric Sunde

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  1. kim says:

    I grew up in this area and the well water we had is was the best.

  2. Strikerliker says:

    January 25, 2011. The well is currently disabled and has been for several days. Hopefully there are plans to get it up and running again soon.

  3. Ysone says:

    Please let us know when it is running again.

  4. Kerri Nelson says:

    Is this well up and running – I heard about findaspring.org on the Ellen Degeneres show last week from an actress and am interested in checking this out.  Thanks.

    ~ Kerri Nelson, St. Anthony Village, MN

  5. Ysone says:

    I did check this spring out last fall. It was running. I was disappointed that the water was so rusty. The article said the water was clear. You can filter it though. It is better than all the chlorine in city water.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Water was clear and clean today. Will do water tests and post them soon. Directions: Hi way 55 between Dague Ave S.E./Cty 14 and Deadrick Ave. S.E.   GPS: N 45.121146°  by   W 93.81375°

  7. Anonymous says:

    4/24/12   pH 7.3   TDS 250    Nitrate 0

  8. mountain man mike says:

    6/22/2014 i went to the spring today to fill some gallon jugs and found the water flowing at a good rate, ice cold, pretty clear, and to my surprise a very strong rotten egg/sulfur odor? not sure if this may be due to the record rainfall we have had this last month? gonna wait till the smell is gone.

  9. Amber says:

    Been drinking water from here for a few weeks now. My children love it! Anyone happen to have any recent test results or know where I could find them. Figure it would be a good idea to make sure it is safe drinking water since I’m feeding it to my kids… It sure tastes great

  10. CAMEO says:

    Stopped by there on our way back from Illinois to get the water. The handle part that pumps was missing. Could not get any. Contacted the Township and they said they would look into it. So disappointed!

  11. Steve says:

    Just filled two 5G jugs today. Fast flow, clear, smell of sulpher. Going to drink it anyway as my tap water smells worse of chlorine!

  12. Johnathon kennedy says:

    Does anyone drink or have had the water tested lately?

  13. SAED ABDULL says:

    Do you want the exact address for the well, here it’s. 45°07’16.1″n 93°48’49.5″w All you have do is, copy it, and paste to your GPS.

  14. g mac says:

    went there today 6-7-2017 the spring was running fast and clear. and the water had a slight rust taste to it . but it still is better than city water

    • George says:

      Looks like the well has been capped by MNDOT. After they made a large paved parking lot next to the spring.
      Seems the well had stopped because of old pipes?? Should have fixed it after spending so much on the parking lot.

    • George says:

      The well looks like it has been capped by MNDOT. Nice brand new parking lot thou. Should have fixed the well.

  15. Jamie says:

    One of my patients does water testing for a living and said this is very safe water

  16. Mandi says:

    We have gotten water from this source twice and it’s great. I bought a text kit from Wal-mart and it tested negative for pesticides, bacteria and lead. 0 for nitrates and nitrites. pH was 8.5, hardness 250, 0 for chlorine.

  17. Paula Downes says:

    We have been getting water from this spring for the last 2 years. Husband went tonight and there was no water running 🙁 First time to my knowlegde. Hoping pipe is frozen and it will thaw enough over the next few days to start running again.

  18. David says:

    Went there today, January 9 2019, and the spring is not flowing.

  19. Christina Martin says:

    It was dry last night. In 10 years of going there at least once a week, I have never seen it not flowing. Did a pipe break?

  20. jim whalen says:

    I was at the well 1-8 -18. It was not running. When will it start running again

  21. jim whalen says:

    Water was not running on 1-9-18. When will it start flowing again. Water is much better than our Plymouth.MN water

  22. Tom says:

    I stop here monthly to fill my four 5 gallon glass bottles. Today it was not running. In the many many years I have lived in this area, I have never know this water to STOP flowing. Was just here last month with no issues, anyone know the reason for this??

  23. Sarah Bilitz says:

    The spring has not been running for at least a month; as we have been out to get water as recent as today. does anyone know why?

  24. Susan says:

    Anyone know why water not flowing? Jan 2018

  25. D says:

    No water flowing today.

  26. Peder Ronning says:

    Stopped by Sunday the 18th, 2018 and it was not flowing

  27. badog says:

    Not flowing today 3/22/2018

  28. Leif Voltz says:

    Checked out the spring on 4-21-18 – warm day, no flow whatsoever. 🙁

  29. Deb says:

    Anyone know if the Dickinson spring water is running yet??? It has not been working for a few months.

  30. Beth Husom says:

    Dickinson Spring suddenly quit running in January, 2018. There is at least one petition going to ensure the reason is scientifically researched, and hopefully turned back on.

  31. David A Spencer says:


  32. Cj says:

    Why is the well closed?

  33. Maxspeed says:

    the water has stopped. the well needs to be repaired. local people are trying to get the county or state to fix it. 5/24/18

  34. Ryan says:

    I stopped by by in May 2018, but the pipe that normally has the water coming out was missing. There was a note that says MnDOT technically owns that property. Please go to http://www.thepetitionsite.com for more information and sign the petition.

  35. Mary says:

    Went to the spring about 2 weeks ago and it was closed. There was a tab with a web address but when you go to it there was no information as to why it was closed.

  36. Mark William Chaffee says:

    This is closed.

  37. Richard Anderson says:

    Drove by it today, 12/18/18, and a crew was working on it, backhoes digging. Then, later in the day, it was all the same? Looks like they dug up some pipes? Are they fixing it or just capping it off for good? Anyone have an update?

  38. John Messenger says:

    Stopped for a drink a month or so ago…and the spring was capped!! Bummer…miss that icy-cold water!

  39. Wendy Walker says:

    THIS SPRING HAS BEEN SEALED. NO LONGER USABLE. It froze during the winter of 2018 and the pipe broke. After much discussion over which entity had jurisdiction over it, and therefore financial responsibility for it, the state chose to seal it off due to the cost of bringing the site up to current state standards of a wayside rest stop.

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