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.
Draft plans released
A Lake Byllesby Master Plan Draft and Natural Resources Management Plan Draft is available for public review. The review period last through Nov. 17. Read an executive summary. Full versions are available below.
The draft master plan includes a 10-year plan for park improvements as well as a long-term vision for the park. The plan 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 natural resources plan addresses restoration priorities and provides near-term management recommendations for the natural areas in the park. Together, the plans will guide future decisions about park activities, capital investment and natural resource restoration.
Get involved in the process
Review the plans and provide your comments online through Nov. 17. Give your feedback now.
Community open house - held Oct. 11
Open House Display
Lake Byllesby Master Plan Executive Summary Draft
Lake Byllesby Master Plan Draft
Appendix A - Cultural Resources
Appendix B - Community Input
Natural Resources Management Plan Draft
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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.