Dakota County Parks is committed to the health and safety of our public and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost all Dakota County park and trail amenities are free, open and available, but with some changes to procedures. Changes to our services are detailed on each amenity's page.
Due to the
Governor's Executive Order, the following park facilities are closed through Dec. 18, 2020:
- Lebanon Hills Visitor Center (Closed Monday-Friday. Open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Equipment rental office remains open and staffed daily with an attendant 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
- Lebanon Hills Visitor Center – Discovery Room
- Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center lobby
Water fountains remain turned off throughout the park system.
Face coverings required: Dakota County Park staff will wear masks when interacting with the public. Park visitors are required to wear a face covering when entering any indoor park facility, including restrooms, anytime when interacting with park staff, and outside in crowds and when physical distancing is difficult in accordance with
MN Emergency Executive Order 20-81.
- Stay home if you or anyone in your home is sick or has COVID-19 symptoms (fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, or a new or increased cough in the last seven days) OR if you have had close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
- Wash or sanitize your hands before and after your visit. Park structures are not sanitized.
- Maintain at least 6 feet at all times from others, except for members of the same household.
- Follow the posted directional signage around the following lakes to help accommodate physical distancing:
- COVID-19 Planning Guides are available for:
Outdoor facility capacity
Capacity at outdoor facilities is currently limited to 50% or less of the traditional capacity. Capacity follows the State of Minnesota guidelines for outdoor social settings per
Stay Safe MN.
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Dakota County Public Health,
Minnesota Department of Health and
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