600 East 4th Street • Chaska, MN 55318 • (952) 361-1500      
Home > County GovernmentDepartments/DivisionsPublic WorksParks and Recreation > General Information

General Information - FAQ's

General Information

Carver County Parks is one of ten implementing regional park agencies of the Metropolitan Regional Parks System. In cooperation with Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission and Metropolitan Council, Carver County plans, acquires land and develops regional parks and trails. Funding for land acquisition park and trail development, a portion of operations and maintenance is financed by the Metropolitan Council and State Legislature. Carver County operates and maintains the parks/trails of Baylor Regional Park, Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, Lake Waconia Regional Park and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Are dogs allowed in your parks? Dogs are allowed in most areas within the parks but are required to be on a leash at all times.  Areas in which dogs are not allowed include the beaches, playgrounds and picnic shelters.  Dogs are allowed in the campground at Baylor Regional Park but are required to be on a leash.  Dogs CAN NOT be tethered to a post or tree in the park areas.

Do you allow alcoholic beverages in the parks? Carver County Parks does allow beer and wine in its parks.  Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beach and at the playgrounds.  Additionally, kegs and glass containers of any kind are not allowed

Do I need a park pass to enter the park?  YES - All vehicles entering Baylor (including the campground), Lake Waconia and Lake Minnewashta Regional Parks are required to have either a Daily or Annual Park Pass. 

Where can I buy a Daily or Annual Park Pass? Daily and Annual Park Passes can be purchased at each park area from either the gate attendant or honor box.  Annual Park Passes can also be purchased from the Campground Office at Baylor Regional Park and the Parks Office located in the Carver County Public Works Head Quarters Building in Cologne or over the phone with a credit card. 

Can I hunt, fish or trap in the park areas?  Hunting and trapping of any kind is not permitted within the park or trail areas, those in violation are subject to penalty.  Fishing is allowed within park areas, however is only allowed in designated areas of fishing pier(s) and docks.  FISHING FROM BEACH AREAS IS NOT PERMITTED.

When can I make a camping/shelter reservation?  We begin accepting camping reservations for the year on the second Tuesday in January each year.  Shelter and Community Room reservations are now taken one year in advance (terms and conditions do apply).



Park Department Staff:


Office Hours and Contact:
Monday-Friday 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m. (closed all legal Holidays)