Park Mission: The purpose of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide a variety of quality recreational experiences, services, and lands that meet the needs of the residents of Carver County and Carver County Regional Park users.
A Regional Park System: 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, the Dakota Rail Regional Trail, Southwest Regional Trail, and Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail.
Parks Vehicle Permits are not required park entrance fees have been eliminated as of December 1, 2019
Shelter & Community Room Rental
Fees are based on the type of shelter/facility, group size, and day of rental. Complete fees listed here.
Camping is available at Baylor Regional Park from the second weekend in May through the third weekend in October annually. Complete fees & online registration here.
Recreational Equipment Rentals
Equipment ranging from Cross Country Skis & Snowshoes to Canoes & Paddle Boats are available for rent at Carver County Regional Parks. Complete information & fees listed here.
Baylor Regional Park
Located on County Road 33, 2.5 miles north of Hwy 5 & Hwy 212, near Norwood Young America
Lake Minnewashta Regional Park
Located along Hwy 41, between Hwy 5 & Hwy 7, west of Chanhassen
Lake Waconia Regional Park
Located just east of Waconia off of Hwy 5, on Paradise Lane next to the Lakeside Ballroom
Dakota Rail Regional Trail
Trail runs from New Germany along the county line to Hennepin County
New Germany Trailhead in New Germany at County Rd. 30 & County Rd. 33 (east side)
Mayer Trailhead in Mayer at Hwy 25 & County Rd. 30
St. Bonifacius in Hennepin County at Kennedy Memorial Dr. & Bell St. (not managed by Carver County)
Southwest Regional Trail
Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail
Parks Office: Public Works Building