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Winter Recreation

*NO SKI RENTALS THIS WEEKEND  - updated 3/3/15

Minnewashta: Trails have not been groomed in poor condition - updated 3/3/15
Baylor: Trails have been packed  in fair condition - updated 3/3/15
Waconia: Sledding Hill  is CLOSED  -  updated 3/3/15

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. The trail systems at both Park areas are groomed for traditional and skate skiing.  For updated trail conditions please call the winter hotline 952-466-5237.

*Please note, Minnetonka Middle School & High School Nordic teams will be utilizing a portion of the Lake Minnewashta ski trails for practice starting 12/15/14 - 2/27/15 M-F from 3:15 - 5:15pm daily.  These teams do not have exclusive use of the trails, other skiers are welcome. 

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

2014-2015 Cross-Country Ski Rental Hours:
Rental operations could begin as early as Dec. 1st, 2014 and continue as late as March 15th, 2015 *CHANGES MIGHT OCCUR BASED ON SNOW CONDITIONS*

  • 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 (2/16/15): 10:00am – 4:00pm (last rental at 3:30pm)
  • Martin Luther King Day (1/19/15): 10:00am - 4:00pm (last rental at 3:30pm)
  • New Years Day (1/1/15): 10:00am - 4:00pm (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)

Candlelit Ski Events will resume next year (2016), dates will posted in the Fall. Thanks to those who came out in 2015!

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)