COVID-19: Three Rivers Updates and FAQs

At Three Rivers Park District, the health and safety 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 currently open?

The following are open: 

  • Parks and regional trails: Parks and trails are open and free to access as long as the 6-foot social distancing requirements are followed. Bottle fillers are available at many locations, but drinking fountains are turned off at this time.
  • Restrooms: A combination of permanent and portable restrooms are available throughout the parks. See a full list of locations.
  • Golf courses: Golf courses, including some clubhouses, are open. Learn about changes to usual operations.
  • Disc golf courses: Some disc golf courses are open.
  • Swimming beaches are now open and ropes are being installed. Three Rivers beaches are not guarded. 

The following are opening soon:

  • Campgrounds: Opening June 1
  • Boat rentals: Opening June 11

For information on all Three Rivers recreational activities, check our status page to see what's open and closed. 

What is closed at this time?

Most buildings – including nature centers, visitor centers, program centers and reservation facilities – are closed.

Other facilities that are closed include:

  • Play areas: Play areas are closed based on current guidelines for gathering and social distancing.
  • Several areas of Bryant Lake Regional Park: Much of the park is closed due to construction.
  • Campgrounds, group camps and camper cabins: Campgrounds and camper cabins will open June 1. Some group camps will open June 12.
  • Swim ponds: Swim ponds are considered swimming pools, so they are closed based on the Governor's current orders.
  • Boat rentals: Boat rentals will open June 11.

Other areas, including some singletrack trails and horse trails, may be closed due to wet conditions. Check the status of your activity before you head out.  

Are golf courses open?

Yes! Golf courses are open with some modifications to operations. Lessons and leagues will also continue as scheduled with some modifications.

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. Making necessary staffing and operational adjustments will take time, so we are canceling all camps through June 14. We are not taking new registrations at this time.

We will send out updates and changes to camp schedules in the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience as we've waited for more detailed guidance from the experts, and we look forward to bringing camps back to our parks this summer. 

Anyone wishing to cancel a summer camp registration can do so by contacting guest services at reservationhelp@threeriversparks.org or 763.559.6700 to receive a full refund without penalty.

When Will Campgrounds Open?

Our campgrounds will open June 1. Please review our updated operations before reserving a site.

Some group camps will open June 12. Groups cannot exceed the current gathering size limit of 10. We will contact those with reservations prior to that date to reschedule or cancel reservations. 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 reservationhelp@threeriversparks.org or 763.559.6700.

Are you offering public programs?

All programs and events are canceled through May 31. Guests impacted by these cancelations will be contacted via email or phone with additional information on refunds and rescheduling.

We are now 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. See the full schedule of digital programs.

I am registered for a program or event this spring; what do I need to do?

All programs and events are cancelled through May 31. Affected guests will be contacted via email or phone to assist with rescheduling or refunding fees.

If you have questions, email ReservationHelp@ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 for more information.

I have reserved a park facility for an upcoming event, is it automatically canceled?

All indoor facility reservations as well as outdoor reservations for groups of more than 10 people are canceled through May 31. A member of our team will be reaching out to affected guests to assist with rescheduling or refunding fees.

If you have questions, please email ReservationHelp@ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 for more information. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC with regards to groups and gatherings and will adjust as needed.

Can I still reserve facilities at your parks for my upcoming event?

We are currently accepting reservations for outdoor facilities for groups of 10 or fewer. We are not taking reservations for indoor facilities or for groups larger than 10 people. 

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. Please note that beaches are not guarded.

How can I practice social distancing in the parks?

  • Spread out – keep distance from other park guests while on trails or in open areas.
  • 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.

Are there ways students can learn from Three Rivers while schools are closed?

Yes! The Three Rivers blog and The Wandering Naturalist podcast cover numerous nature, history, recreation and resource management topics. We also offer in-depth information on the following topics:

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are great resources for learning more about COVID-19.

News

  • May 21, 2020

    Based on the new campground guidelines issued by Governor Walz, we will be opening our campgrounds starting June 1.

  • April 30, 2020

    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.

  • April 17, 2020

    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. 

  • March 30, 2020

    Please review these important updates and reminders for visiting a dog off-leash area.

  • March 27, 2020

    Allina Health Trail Mix Race has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 12.