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 (the Visitor Center equipment rental office remains open and staffed daily with an attendant 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
- Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center*
- Camp Spring Lake Retreat Center*
- Camp Sacajawea Retreat Center*
- Dakota Lodge*
* These facilities remain available for use at reduced capacities for wedding ceremonies, funeral services or other religious services as defined by the executive order.
Water fountains remain turned off throughout the park system.
Updated Nov. 19, 2020
In-person outdoor education programming is canceled through Dec. 18, 2020.
Virtual programming remains available.
special events have been canceled:
- Opt Optside – Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Whitetail Woods Regional Park and Thompson County Park (Nov. 28, 2020)
- New Year's Eve Party – Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Dec. 31, 2020)
- Trails by Candlelight – Thompson County Park (Jan. 22, 2021)
- Trails by Candlelight – Spring Lake Park Reserve (Jan. 29, 2021)
- Trails by Candlelight – Lebanon Hills Regional Park (Feb. 19, 2021)
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 15 or less with a maximum of three households. Capacity follows the State of Minnesota guidelines for outdoor social settings per
Stay Safe MN.
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