Eagle Creek and Boiling Springs
Tucked in the northwest corner of Savage is a stream that has two unique qualities that distinguish it from other Minnesota River tributaries.
Eagle Creek is home to one of the last remaining self-producing brown trout populations in the metropolitan area. It also features Boiling Springs, an environmental phenomenon in which pools of water bubble up - sometimes with great vigor. This is caused by the escape of groundwater through a thin layer of clay at the creeks bottom. The site is considered sacred by the Mdewakanton Sioux, with legend saying the springs produced a guiding spirit for the tribe.
In order to preserve Eagle Creek and Boiling Springs amid development, the City of Savage has worked with the Department of Natural Resources on protective measures. A study was conducted to measure the impacts of development on the creek, followed by policies to minimize those impacts. The protective measures include establishment of a 400 foot wide protective corridor along the creek, special covenants for nearby residential developments, and the planting of native vegetation for the area.