As part of the 2018
Lake Byllesby Regional Park Master Plan, multiple improvement and natural resource restoration projects were identified and have been scheduled for completion between September 2019 and November 2020.
These improvement projects will provide access to natural resources and underserved and underutilized parts of the park, address needs due to increased use, and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. All projects will incorporate the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Storm Water Management Low Impact Development Standards.
The 2019–2020 budget for improvement projects is $4,969,609.
See a project map.
The projects include:
Beach – accessibility, gathering, and plaza improvements (includes play and splash pad)
Campground – additional primitive and RV campsites, camp road realignment, vault toilet
- Echo Point – accessible fishing pier, shade, gathering, and landscape buffering
Picnic Area - accessible and inclusive nature playground and interpretation
West Park Improvements – primitive trailheads, interpretation, and wayfinding signage
- Natural Resource Restoration – Restoration of 95 acres of prairie, savanna, lakeshore, wetlands and floodplain forest.
The existing beach area will be enhanced through the addition of sand volleyball courts, a stone fire pit, nature play area with sand and water play equipment, and ADA accessible amenities. In addition to a beach plaza, an improved picnic area and play lawn will be defined south of the beach to accommodate small and larger group picnicking.
See a Beach project map.
The project will retain the 35 existing water and electric sites at the lake's edge. In order to provide a more pleasant camping experience, the campground will be expanded and organized to meet current demand for camping and to improve the tent camping experience. The project includes adding 11 new water and electric sites and 15 new electric campsites and upgrading the existing 22 campsites with electricity.
A vault restroom building will be located in the center of the campground. All camp sites will be similar to state park camp sites, with trees surrounding and in between the sites for shade and privacy, a gravel parking pad, a picnic table, a tent pad, and a fire pit. To support RVs and popup campers, the water and electric sites will have larger parking pads than the sites without water/electric hookup. Some of these sites will be ADA accessible.
See the Campground project map.
Find out more about how the project will impact 2019 camping.
The views of the water and bluffs from Echo Point will be a large draw to park users. Echo Point will be more clearly established as a picnic and gathering area through the development of shade and fire pits. A fishing pier and informal shoreline fishing area with boulders for standing on will be accessible from a trail that will extend through Echo Point. Savanna plant restoration will encompass the central area of the point, and the shoreline/property line will be restored with a 20-25 foot wide buffer of native plants.
See the Echo Point project map.
The existing playground replaced with a new, fully accessible camping-themed playground.
See the Picnic Area project map.
October 18, 2018: Public Open House – Initial public awareness meeting
November 29, 2018: Public Open House – Schematic design update
December 11, 2018: Update to County Board
September 2019 – November 2020: Construction
For questions, contact Josh Kinney at 952-891-7016 or email@example.com.
Dakota County Parks receives funding through Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.