COVID-19: Three Rivers Updates and FAQs
At Three Rivers Park District, the health of our park guests and employees is our top priority. We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are prepared to make adjustments as needed to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our community. We have policies in place to support our employees and are committed to providing a safe environment for our park guests.
Below is important information about our operations and offerings. We will update this information as it changes.
What is open?
The following are open:
- Parks and regional trails: Parks and trails are free to access.
- Restrooms: See a full list of locations.
- Golf courses: See changes to usual operations.
- Disc golf courses: At Bryant Lake, holes 15-18 will be closed through Aug. 31 for construction.
- Swim ponds and beaches: Lake beaches are not guarded. Elm Creek and Lake Minnetonka swim ponds are guarded.
- Camping: See operational changes.
- Boat rentals: Rentals must be reserved online.
- Play areas: Please note we do not sanitize play areas.
- Hyland, French and Cleary visitor centers: Basic services and additional restrooms are available.
For information on all Three Rivers recreational activities, check our status page to see what's open and closed.
Do I Have to Wear a Mask in Three Rivers Buildings?
On July 22, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-81, which requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings. In compliance with the Governor’s mandate, visitors are required to wear face coverings inside Three Rivers buildings.
What is closed?
Some buildings – including nature centers and program centers – are closed. Certain areas of Bryant Lake Regional Park are also closed due to construction.
Other areas, including singletrack trails, beaches and horse trails, may be closed due to weather or water conditions. Check the status of your activity before you head out.
Will golf lessons and leagues go on as planned?
Will summer camps go on as planned?
Based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Camp Association, we will be able to provide some camps this summer. We are not taking new registrations at this time.
We will send out updates and changes to camp schedules to participants.
Anyone wishing to cancel a summer camp registration can do so by contacting guest services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763.559.6700 to receive a full refund without penalty.
Are Campgrounds Open?
At group campsites, groups cannot exceed the gathering size limit of 25. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the group size limit based on guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC for group gatherings.
If you would like to cancel a reservation, contact guest services at email@example.com or 763.559.6700.
Are you offering public programs?
Yes, and registration is open for programs in August and early September!
We have created a variety of new program opportunities for youth, families and adults on a variety of topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, fishing, art and Minnesota history. We have modified the group sizes and format of these programs to encourage social distancing and meet the current health guidelines.
We are also offering digital learning, so you can experience the outdoors from anywhere! Tune in to explore nature, meet farm animals, try new art projects and more.
Can I reserve a facility for my upcoming event?
Picnic Areas and Small Pavilions
We are now taking new reservations for reservable picnic areas and small pavilions. The maximum gathering sizes are 25 people for outdoor picnic areas and 10 people for small indoor pavilions.
General picnic areas are available for first-come, first-served use during regular park hours. Please note these picnic areas are not cleaned or sanitized between each use.
Receptions, Weddings and Memorial Services
We are now accepting new reservations for receptions, weddings and memorial services. Event size and operations vary by location. Email RentalSpaces@ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 for more details.
Cancelations and Refunds
Full refunds are available for anyone wishing to cancel an existing reservation. To request a refund, contact us at ReservationHelp@ThreeRiversParks.org or 763.559.6700.
Are recreation passes still required for certain activities?
Yes, while access to our parks’ general recreation areas is free, there are some activities that require a recreation pass. These activities include archery, disc golf, dog off-leash areas, horse trails and boat trailer parking lots. Purchasing day passes and annual passes is available only online at this time.
What activities are available this time of year?
There are numerous ways to enjoy the outdoors right now.
- Go for a walk or a hike. Record how many you take for the 52 Hike Challenge.
- Take a bike ride on our regional trail system.
- Take nature photos at your favorite park.
- Give bird watching a try. See what birds you can see and hear.
- Try geocaching.
- Go golfing at one of our four courses.
- Try disc golfing.
- Go paddling at one of the many lakes in Three Rivers.
- Go for a swim at one of our beaches or swim ponds.
- Go camping.
- Have fun at one of our play areas.
Are there ways students can learn from Three Rivers while schools are closed?
How can I practice social distancing in the parks?
- Spread out – keep distance from other park guests while on trails or in open areas.
- Consider visiting earlier in the morning when usage tends to be lower.
- Avoid visiting the parks if you are not feeling well or are displaying symptoms consistent with a respiratory disease.
Learn more about how to enjoy the outdoors during COVID-19.
Learn what's happening at Three Rivers this summer.
Based on Governor Walz's extension of the Stay at Home order and current expectations for social distancing, we will be canceling all programs, events and reservations through Thursday, May 21. Parks and trails remain open.
Golf courses and driving ranges are now open! Changes to usual operations will be in place to encourage social distancing, reduce touching shared surfaces and decrease face-to-face interaction.
Please review these important updates and reminders for visiting a dog off-leash area.