Sledding Hill Alert

The Sledding Hill at Lake Waconia Regional Park will be CLOSED - Due to extensive construction activities within the park property, the sledding hill facility will be closed for the entire winter season of November 2019 – March 2020.  This is due to an abundance of public safety.  Thanks for your cooperation and understanding. 

For updated trail conditions please call the Winter Hotline 952-466-5237, or Facebook.  

Cross Country Skiing 

Weekend Ski and Snowshoe Rentals have concluded for the 2020 Season.

Grooming on the Ski Trails at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Baylor Regional Park has concluded!


For a little cold-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 meandering through winter landscapes of woodland, prairies and along lakeshore. The trail systems at both Park areas are groomed for traditional and skate skiing, rentals are available.  For updated trail conditions please call the Winter Hotline 952-466-5237, or facebook. Winter Park Maps located here.

Our  Candlelit Ski & Dog Sled Events.  Check the calendar for additional details and registration information.

Interested in a bringing a school group to the park please call park office at 952-466-5250!

Winter Rental Equipment

Rental Equipment 

Baylor Regional Park 

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park 

Lake Waconia Regional Park 


Adult Cross Country Skis, Poles, Boots


$6 per 2hr. + $1/additional hr.


$6 per 2hr. + $1/additional hr.




Child Cross Country Skis, Poles, Boots

$5 per 2hr. + $1/additional hr.  

$5 per 2hr. + $1/additional hr.



Adult Snowshoes




Child Snowshoes




Rentals available from parks staff when conditions permit. Details regarding Winter Rental Equipment. Child rates apply to individuals under 15 years old.

Waconia Sledding Hill - Closed for 2019-2020 Winter Season 

Lake Waconia Regional Park has an 80 foot sledding hill with two runs; one run is smooth and straight while the other is more rugged and undulating. Sleds and up-hill transportation are not provided, please bring your own sled and be prepared to walk up the hill on the designated trail.

Sledding Hill Rules:

  • Open 9am-Sunset conditions permitting
  • Use at your own risk. Sledding Hill is not supervised.
  • Children are to be supervised by an adult.
  • Standing on or overloading sleds is prohibited.
  • No snowboards, skis, toboggans or metal runner sleds.
  • Sled in designated area only.
  • Keep a safe distance from others when sledding.
  • Wait for others to clear bottom before sledding.
  • Exit bottom of hill promptly.
  • Walk up hill on designated trail only.
  • Construction of jumps or moguls is prohibited.
  • Emergencies call 911

Click here for a Sledding Hill Diagram 

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.  Unpaved walking trails will be compacted similar to the cross-country ski trails without the ski track.  The walking course trailheads will be located at the north parking lot for shelter #5 & also at the Public Boat Access.  Signs showing blue snowflake symbols will identify the walking course. 

Additionally, the 1.5 mile paved section of trail within Lake Minnewashta Regional Park will be maintained for winter walkers and runners.  The trail surface will be groomed snow similar to the City of Chanhassen's trail section (which leaves the park and runs north/south along TH41).  A bare surface will not be provided, please enjoy safely.  This trail comes under the highway and goes past the boat landing to beach. It is connected to the City of Chanhassen's trail section, which exits the Lake Minnewashta Regional 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 when outside the fenced off-leash dog area. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet.  For more information, please call (952) 466-5250.  

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