Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up with the sunrise. Camping is the stuff memories are made of. At Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip. Campgrounds at Baker Park Reserve, Carver Park Reserve, and Cleary Lake Regional Park offer amenities for campers seeking a more rustic experience and those who want to maintain some of the creature comforts.

Programs and Events

Upcoming camping programs and events.

Campground Reservations

Campsites and camper cabins may be reserved up to one year in advance of your first night's stay. Reserve a campsite online. To reserve by phone, call 763.559.6700. A $7.50 (sales tax not included) non-refundable reservation fee applies.

Reservations within 48 hours not available online

To make a reservation or check availability within 48 hours of the current date, you must call reservations at 763.559.6700 during business hours, or call the campground you would like to visit.

Number of sites:
Baker – 203
Lake Auburn (Carver Park Reserve) – 57
Cleary Lake Park – 22

Watch a Video about Camping at Three Rivers

Three Rivers is a year-round destination for group camping. Sites for larger groups are tucked into secluded areas within the parks, including some you can only reach by hiking, biking or horseback. View a list of group sites and pick the one that's best for your group. May be reserved up to one year in advance of your first night's stay. Call 763.559.6700 for more information.

Want to camp but don't have a tent or an RV? Try camper cabins at Baker Campground or Elm Creek Park Reserve.

Camping tent and fire

Drop-in Camping

Camp without reservations. Hike-in, bike-in and horseback ride-in sites are available at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve and Elm Creek Park Reserve. Sites are rented on a first come, first served basis. The fee is $15 per night (sales tax not included) and payable at the drop box. For more information about drop-in camping, call 763.559.6700.

Bike Only Drop-in sites 

Lake Auburn Campground is accessed by the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail. Campsite amenities include a commons area with a fire ring, picnic tables, bike racks and all the other nearby facilities of Carver Park Reserve. As drop-in sites, no reservations are available. Camping fee is $10 per tent per night, the site can accommodate up to 6 tents. Larger bike groups and those wanting a guaranteed site are encouraged to reserve a site online.

Camping Policies

Review camping and firewood policies. Be sure to camp in a way that is environmentally friendly by following basic green camping guidelines!

Other things to do

Bike Trail


Biker on bridge along Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Biking in Three Rivers is a great way to get the whole family outside. Whether you’re the casual rider or a cyclist in training, you’ll appreciate more than 100 miles of paved off-roadway bike/hike trails that wind through woodlands and grasslands and rim the shorelines of lakes and ponds at our parks.

Boat Launch


people in a paddleboat tied to a dock.

Three Rivers offers plenty of boating opportunities with over 30 lakes, rivers and streams. With lake access points and trailer parking sites, it’s easy to get the family out on the water to enjoy the ultimate Minnesota pastime.

No-wake Restriction on Lake Independence

The City of Medina is enforcing a no-wake restriction on Lake Independence in Baker Park Reserve because of high water levels. Learn more.



a man paddling a yellow kayak

Recreate on the water with canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Get exercise and fresh air while you explore the shorelines and bays where motorized boats can’t go. Need a boat? Three Rivers offers canoe, kayak, rowboat, paddleboat and stand-up paddleboard rentals at several parks.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


a boy and his dad fishing from the lake shore

Throw a line for your own catch of the day. In Three Rivers, you might reel in muskie, northern pike, sunfish, bass or even walleye.



two girls swimming

Swimming beaches in Three Rivers are located near play areas, trails, visitor centers, and campgrounds, so you can make a day of it. Or try the swim ponds at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve for the perfect mix of pool and lake.