Dakota County Parks is committed to the health and safety of our public and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost all Dakota County Parks amenities are now available, but with some changes to procedures. Changes to our services are detailed on each amenity's page.
The Lebanon Hills Visitor Center is closed until further notice. The equipment rental office is open.
Water fountains will also remain turned off throughout the park system.
Lake Byllesby Beach at Lake Byllesby Regional Park and Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area at Whitetail Woods Regional Park are both closed due to a park improvement projects.
Updated July 23, 2020
General outdoor education programming canceled through Aug. 31 – virtual programs available.
The following special events are canceled:
- 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:
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