Dakota County is updating the
2005 Lake Byllesby Regional Park Master Plan and creating a new Natural Resources Management Plan for the park. Goodhue County will also be updating the master plan for their
Byllesby County Park.
An updated master plan is needed to reflect changes over last 10 years, notably the new
Mill Towns Trail bridge over the Cannon River that connects the Lake Byllesby parks in Goodhue and Dakota counties.
The master plan will include a long-range (10-25 years) vision for the park and guide future decisions about park activities, capital investment and natural resource restoration.
The Natural Resources Management Plan will address restoration priorities and provide near-term management recommendations for the natural areas in the park.
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Preferred park concept
Drafts of a preferred concept and 10-year priorities have been developed to address needs and community desires identified during the inventory and research phase and community input on the alternative concepts. They address the need for additional camping capacity and more varied campsite types, desires for a more active beach area with dependable water play experiences, enthusiasm for the Mill Towns Trail, interest in access to the Cannon River, and generally providing more to do in the parks.
The joint Goodhue/Dakota County Byllesby Regional Park Master Plan Advisory Committee met on May 23, 2017 to review the draft preferred concept and 10-year priorities. See a summary of the Advisory Committee comments.
Draft Preferred Concept & 10-Year Priorities
Check back on this page for project updates. The next open house to review the draft Master Plan will be held in fall 2017. To receive regular email updates on this project and other park information, sign up for the
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Phase 1: Project Organization (July–August 2016) – Define the project process
Phase 2: Inventory & Research (August–November 2016) – Identify issues, opportunities, and needs
Phase 3: Park Concepts (October 2016–May 2017) – Establish the vision for the future and explore alternative design and policy concepts to achieve the vision See alternative concepts.
Phase 4: Plan Developments & Approvals (May–November 2017) – Determine the preferred direction for the future and develop the plan documents for adoption by the County Board.
Lake Byllesby Master Plan Draft for Consideration of Board Release
Lake Byllesby Natural Resources Master Plan Draft for Consideration of Board Release