Carver County Parks

UPDATED FEB. 2021

Park Mission: The purpose of the Carver County Parks and Recreation Department is to provide a variety of quality recreational experiences, services, and lands that meet the needs of the residents of Carver County and Carver County Regional Park users.

A Regional Park System: Carver County Parks is one of 10 implementing regional park agencies of the Metropolitan Regional Parks System. In cooperation with Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission and Metropolitan Council, Carver County plans, acquires land and develops regional parks and trails. Funding for land acquisition park and trail development, a portion of operations and maintenance is financed by the Metropolitan Council and State Legislature. Carver County operates and maintains the parks/trails of Baylor Regional Park, Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, Lake Waconia Regional Park, the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, Southwest Regional Trail, and Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail.

Parks vehicle permits are not required park entrance fees have been eliminated as of Dec. 1, 2019

Shelter and community room rental 

Fees are based on the type of shelter/facility, group size, and day of rental.

Campground information

Camping is available at Baylor Regional Park from the second weekend in May through the third weekend in October annually.

Recreational equipment rentals

Equipment ranging from cross country skis and snowshoes to canoes and paddle boats are available for rent at Carver County Regional Parks.

Park locations

Baylor Regional Park

10775 County Rd. 33, Norwood Young America, MN 55397

Located on County Road 33, 2.5 miles north of Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 212, near Norwood Young America

Baylor Regional Park is a 201- acre park situated in western Carver County on Eagle Lake. The park offers 50 camping sites. Thirty-five sites have water and electrical hookups and 15 sites are primitive. Other facilities include: group camping area, picnic areas, showers, swimming beach, beach house, reservable picnic shelters, ball field, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and an 18 hole disc golf course. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Trails and facilities:

Visitors can walk the nearly 1/4 mile long boardwalk trail through the cattail marsh, or tour almost 4 miles of walking trails through a maple/basswood forest and native prairie. Watch for wildlife or enjoy a scenic vista overlooking Eagle Lake. In the spring, there are for syrup demonstrations and sap collection on the Maple Trail.

A Community Room for seating up to 100 persons is available May – October in the 1935 remodeled barn with advance reservations.  The Community Room has a food preparation area, heat, A/C and flush restrooms. 

Summer camping and cookouts are popular park activities.

The Eagle Lake Observatory within the park is owned and operated by the Minnesota Astronomical Society for the benefit of students, teachers, the public-at-large, and for members of the society. Its primary mission is education and public outreach. Click the icon above for more information.

The 18-hole disc golf course is also a popular destination at the park.

During the winter season, cross-country skis and snowshoes can be rented on weekends at the park office.

There is no boat access to Eagle Lake via Baylor Regional Park.  A public boat ramp is located on the southeast end of the lake off Cty Rd 135.

Baylor Regional Park is a popular destination offering a variety of recreational opportunities.
Baylor Park has a nice campground for people to enjoy during camping season. 
Baylor Park also has beautiful park shelters to rest and see the scenery. 

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park

6900 Hazeltine Blvd., Chanhassen, MN 55331

Located along Hwy. 41, between Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 7, west of Chanhassen

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park is a 340-acre park situated on the shores of Lake Minnewashta. Facilities include a swimming beach, bathhouse, off-leash dog area, reservable picnic shelters, sand volleyball courts, creative playground, paved boat access, paved bike trails, turf trails for walking and skiing, ski/snowshoe rental, and vending machines. Park hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (during the fishing season, the park will open at 5 a.m.)

Lake Waconia Regional Park

8170 Paradise Lane, Waconia, MN 55387

Located just east of Waconia off of Hwy. 5, on Paradise Lane next to the Lakeside Ballroom

Lake Waconia Regional Park is a 100-acre park situated on the southern shore of Lake Waconia. This shoreline park offers views to the lake and Coney Island. The park is in its early development for the future 164-acre park including Coney Island of the West.   Boat access is provided outside the park at the Minnesota DNR boat access located on the northeast side of the lake, and at private marinas located in the City of Waconia. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Trail runs from New Germany along the county line to Hennepin County. 

The New Germany Trailhead in New Germany is at County Rd. 30 and County Rd. 33 (east side).

The Mayer Trailhead in Mayer is at Hwy, 25 and County Rd. 30.

St. Bonifacius in Hennepin County at Kennedy Memorial Dr. and Bell St. (not managed by Carver County).

Southwest Regional Trail 

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail

Parks Office: Public works building

11360 Hwy. 212 West, Suite 2, Cologne, MN 55322

Parks department staff

• Martin Walsh – Parks and Recreation Director

mwalsh@co.carver.mn.us

952-466-5252

• Sam Pertz – Parks and Recreation Supervisor

spertz@co.carver.mn.us

952-466-5253

The Dakota Rail Regional Trail offers space for walking, biking, and more.
Geocaching is an activity that is available in several Carver County parks.
The Dakota Rail Regional Trail starts in Hennepin County and is paved through Lester Prairie in McLeod County.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS (Global Positioning System) users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit while enjoying the outdoors. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations hide caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. One of the most popular sites is ‘geocaching.com’. GPS users can then use the coordinates of the cache locations to find the hidden items. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. When the geocacher finds and collects an item from a cache they should replace the collected item with one of equal or greater value so that the next visitor can find treasure too!

Public caches in Carver County parks:

• Lake Minnewashta Regional Park – eight caches

• Lake Waconia Regional Park – four caches

• Baylor Regional Park – four caches

Use www.geocaching.com to view/download cache coordinates.