As part of the
Lake Byllesby Regional Park Master Plan, multiple improvement and natural resource restoration projects have been scheduled.
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 and improved 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.
Beach and nature plan
The existing beach area will be enhanced with:
- New accessible playground near the picnic shelter
- A new nature-based play area near the beach area that will include sand and water play equipment
- Improved beach plaza with accessibility improvements
- Additional seating and tables in the beach area
- Improved picnic area and lawn play area to accommodate small and larger group picnicking
- Sand volleyball courts
- Stone fire pit
Campground improvements will include:
- 26 new campsites, including 11 water/electric and 15 electric-only campsites.
- Upgraded water/electric sites with paved pads and additional landscaping for added privacy.
- 22 campsites upgraded from non-electric to electric-only sites.
- Upgraded electric-only sites have better layout and access and additional landscaping for added privacy.
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.
Impact on 2020 camping season
These improvements projects will affect the 2020 camping season. See an updated 2020 campground map.
The 2020 Lake Byllesby camping season will be Wednesday, July 1–Saturday, Oct. 17.
- Wednesday, July 1 –Saturday, Oct. 17: Sites 1-17 (water/electric) will be available for rental.
- Friday, July 31–Saturday, Oct. 17: All campsites will be available for rental.
Online reservations for Lake Byllesby Campground open Thursday, March 12 at 9 a.m.
We apologize for the reduced number of campsites available for most of the 2020 camping season. The upgrades will be worth the wait. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
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.
The existing playground replaced with a new, fully accessible camping-themed playground.
2019–2022: Natural resource restoration
September 2019–July 31, 2020: Picnic area improvements (including playground replacement). The existing playground was removed in fall 2019. The existing picnic shelter is available for public use (first come, first served) throughout playground construction, and available for rental after June 16, 2020.
September 2019–July 31, 2020: Campground improvements (The campground will be closed to the public during this time).
April 2020–September 2020: Beach improvements (the beach will be closed to the public during this time)
July 2020–November 2020: Echo Point trail improvements and restoration
For questions, contact Josh Kinney at 952-891-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dakota County Parks receives funding through Minnesota's Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.