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Winter Recreation

  • Ski Trails closed for the season.

Conditions at Minnewashta - Groomed for Classic/Skate access - Closed- updated 3/31/14
Conditions at Baylor - Groomed for Classic/Skate access - Closed- updated 3/31/14

Sledding Hill at Lake Waconia Regional Park:

Current Status of Hill:   Sledding Hill is CLOSED  for the season-  updated 3/31/14

In January 2007 Carver County Parks opened up a new sledding hill at Lake Waconia Regional Park.  The sledding hill operations will continue to operate as it has since opening.  People need to bring their own sled and will walk up the hill.

Rules for the sledding hill are:

 Sledding Hill Rules Large   Open

Lake Waconia Sledding Hill Diagram (pdf)

Cross Country Skiing:

For a little cool weather fun, family entertainment and exercise, check out the groomed ski trails at Lake Minnewashta and Baylor Regional Parks. Each park area has several miles of traditional groomed trails, which meander through settings of woodland, prairies and along lakeshore. Lake Minnewashta Regional Park also has several miles of trails which are groomed for traditional and skate skiing.  For updated trail conditions please call the winter hotline 952-466-5237.

As winter conditions allow we will be renting ski's during the following dates and times at both Lake Minnewashta and Baylor Regional Parks: 

2014 CANDLELIT SKI EVENTS!
1/11/14 - Candlelit Ski Event at Baylor Regional Park - 6:00-9:00pm
1/25/14 - Candlelit Ski Event at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park - 6:00 - 9:00pm
2/1/14 -   Candlelit Ski Event at Baylor Regional Park - 6:00-9:00pm
2/22/14 - Candlelit Ski Event at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park - 6:00-9:00pm

2013-2014 Cross-Country Ski Rental Hours:
Ski Rentals will end for the season on March 15, 2014

Saturdays:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last rental at 3:30pm)
Sundays:  11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last rental at 3:30pm)
(Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

Special Rental Days:
Presidents Day: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last rental at 3:30pm)

*Inclement Weather: In the event of questionable snow conditions or inclement weather, a decision will be made by Staff no later than 3:30pm on Friday for Saturday rentals.  Sunday rentals will be determined no later than 10:30am.  We suggest following our Facebook page for accurate weekend information regarding ski equipment rentals.  The following cold weather criteria for not renting skis or canceling an event is:  air temperature of (-10) degrees or colder or wind-chill index of (-15) degrees or colder. 


Winter Recreation Equipment Rental Fees:
Cross Country Skis (Skis, Poles, Boots) Adult $6/2hr - $1/each additional hr.
Cross Country Skis (Skis, Poles, Boots) Child $5/2hr - $1/each additional hr.   
Snowshoes Adult $6/Day (available at Baylor Park)
Snowshoes Child $5/Day (available at Baylor Park)
  

Winter Walking Trails:

At Lake Minnewashta, there will be a double loop of trails groomed specifically for walking and for those who would like to exercise their pets.  These trails will utilize portions of the existing trail system, grounds of the picnic areas and open play fields.  Walking trails will be groomed similarly as the cross-country ski trails without a set ski track associated with cross-country skiing.  The walking course trail head will be located at the north parking lot for shelter #5, as well as Public Boat Access #1.  Signage showing symbol of blue snowflakes will further identify the walking course. 

Additionally, the new 1.5 mile section of trail within Lake Minnewashta Regional Park will be maintained for winter walkers and runners.  Trail surface will be similar to the City of Chanhassen's trail section (leaving the Park and running North/South along TH41).  A bare surface will not be provided, please enjoy safely.  Also note this trail connects with the City of Chanhassen's trail section, which exits the Park near Ches Mar Drive, and runs north and south along TH 41. 

Pet owners are reminded that pets must be kept on a six-foot leash and are responsible for cleaning up after their pet.  For more information, please call (952) 466-5250. 

Winter Park Maps:
Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (pdf)
Baylor Regional Park (pdf)
Lake Waconia Regional Park (pdf)

FOR UPDATED TRAIL CONDITIONS, SKI RENTAL INFORMATION AND PROGRAM CANCELLATIONS PLEASE VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OR CALL THE PARKS OFFICE AT 952-466-5237.