Know Before You Go to the Park
- As of 3/30/2020, the regional parks and trails operated by Carver County continue to remain OPEN during normal hours of operation.
- Restrooms will reopen starting May 4 with enhanced cleaning procedures.
- All outdoor programs/events, facility reservations and special use permits have been cancelled/revoked through June 1. Notice of cancellation of future recreation programs, camping or picnic shelter reservations will be provided two weeks in advance.
- We plan to post any County parks & trails service changes here and on Facebook and Instagram.
- Please make note that our primary Department phone line has changed (until further notice) to 612-209-0109. Please also utilize our Email and if in-person assistance is needed appointments will be considered.
Self-led Outdoor Activities Designed for Social Distancing
This is where you will be able to find the resources we are creating to help you recreate in your parks while safely maintaining social distancing.
- Family Scavenger Hunt
- Park Adventure Quest
- Leaf Hunt
- Track Finder
- Intro to Disc Golf (Video)
- Maple Syrup Virtual Tour (Video)
- Storywalks (Video)
- Nature Walk (Video)
Visit our Youtube channel for educational videos!
Camping at Baylor Regional Park
Guidelines for the public
- Plan ahead. When you are able, make reservations and purchase permits, firewood, ice and other items online or by phone before you arrive on site. Cash-less and minimal-contact transactions are becoming a common operating procedure in many places to avoid lines and person-to-person interactions. This will help protect you, other visitors, and staff.
- Be self-sufficient. Be prepared to be as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. In outdoor settings, public facilities will only be as virus-free as the last person who used them. This means that if you are using public bathrooms and other facilities, you should arrive prepared with your own soap, surface disinfectant supplies, hand sanitizer and toilet paper just to be sure.
- Socially distance yourself. To ensure social distancing can be maintained, it is best to set up your campsite—sleeping, campfire and eating areas—at least 50 feet from adjacent campsites that host people from different households.
- Recreate with your household. Restrict use of your individual campsite/campfire to only those in your immediate household.
- Know before you go. Be prepared for lower levels of service and public contact. Plan ahead for your visit. Ensure that you have maps of the area downloaded or printed before you leave home, in case they are not available on site. Many programs and facilities will be canceled or closed, so check online resources for updated information about rules changes and closures so you know what to expect when you arrive.
- Follow the rules. Follow all public safety signs that encourage best practices for your safety and the safety of others. These best practices will likely include facility-specific direction about things such as:
- Wearing face masks in public settings, such as within bathrooms, shelters, ranger stations and around kiosks/campfires.
- Observing cleaning protocols for self-service facilities before and after using them.
- Leaving furniture, such as picnic tables and chairs, as you find them—they were likely appropriately spaced by the unit’s management to encourage social distancing.
- Restricting use of your individual campsite/campfire to only those in your immediate household.
- Following directional signage – for example: one-way travel, wait your turn, etc. – that will promote social distancing on narrow trails, overlooks and other confining spaces.
- Be well informed.
- Continue to consult Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Guidelines for up-to-date information on keeping yourself and your family healthy at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
- Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website for up-to-date Outdoor Recreation Guidelines at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/covid-19-outdoor-recreation-guidelines.html