Dogs are allowed in most areas within the parks but are required to be on a leash at all times. Areas in which dogs are not allowed include the beaches, playgrounds and picnic shelters. Dogs are allowed in the campground at Baylor Regional Park but are required to be on a leash. Dogs CANNOT be tethered to a post or tree in the park areas. Click here for information about Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Off-Leash Dog
Are there lifeguards on duty at beach facilities?
Lifeguards on Duty : Second Week of June - Mid-August, 7 days a week between Noon and 6:00PM as weather permits* at Lake Waconia & Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Beach Facilities. There are no Lifeguards at Baylor Regional Park Beach Facility.
Hunting and trapping of any kind is not permitted within the park or trail areas, those in violation are subject to penalty. Fishing is allowed within park areas, however is only allowed in designated areas of fishing pier(s) and docks. FISHING FROM BEACH AREAS IS NOT PERMITTED. For more information on fishing, please visit our Fishing Opportunities Page.
Do I need a vehicle permit to enter the park?
No - As of December 1, 2019 you are no longer required to purchase a permit to enter the parks.
Do you allow alcoholic beverages in the parks?
Carver County Parks does allow beer and wine in its parks. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beach and at the playgrounds. Additionally, kegs and glass containers of any kind are not allowed.
The campground office does not have specified hours except that it is open on Friday evenings until 8pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm. If you arrive at the campground and the office is closed, please call the campground host phone number listed on the sign outside the office and they will assist you: 612-209-0109.
What are the park hours of operation?
All Regional Park Locations:
Open Daily 6:00A.M.-10:00P.M.*
*Lake Minnewashta Regional Park is open starting at 5:00A.M. from fishing opener through September 15th.
Open Monday-Friday 7:30A.M.-4:00P.M. 952-466-5250
(closed all legal holidays)
When can I check-in for camping?
Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. daily & check-out time is 2:00 P.M. daily. If the campground office is not open, please call the campground host phone number listed on the sign outside the office & they will assist you.
When can I make a camping/shelter reservation?
Camping reservation for 2020 is now open - you can now make reservation one year in advance. Shelter and Community Room reservations are taken one year in advance (terms and conditions do apply).
Where are the parks located?
Baylor Regional Park
10775 County Rd. 33, Norwood Young America, MN 55397
Located on County Road 33, 2.5 miles north of Hwy 5 & Hwy 212, near Norwood Young America
Lake Minnewashta Regional Park
6900 Hazeltine Blvd., Chanhassen, MN 55331
Located along Hwy 41, between Hwy 5 & Hwy 7, west of Chanhassen
Lake Waconia Regional Park
8170 Paradise Lane, Waconia, MN 55387
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)
Parks Office: Carver County Public Works Building
11360 Hwy. 212 West, Suite 2, Cologne, MN 55322
Where can I find a park trails map?
Visit our Park Maps webpage to view & download park maps & brochures. There are maps specifically for the summer & winter seasons.