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: 

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

Are Face Coverings Required?

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.

Face coverings are also required when riding in a shuttle and when waiting in line for or riding a chairlift or rope tow.

Face coverings are highly recommended when outside, especially when around people from other households. 

What is closed?

Most winter recreation is currently closed, but will open as snow accumulations and temperatures allow.

Some buildings – including nature centers and program centers – are closed. Concessions and food service – including the Hyland Grill, Elm Creek Grill and Silverwood Café – are also closed.

Play areas, disc golf courses and golf courses are closed for the season. Other areas – ncluding singletrack trails and horse trails – may be closed due to weather or water conditions. Check the status of your activity before you head out.  

Will There Be Changes to Hyland Hills Operations This Year?

Yes. We have adjusted some of our usual operations at Hyland Hills this year to provide a safe and enjoyable ski and snowboard experience. See what changes will be in place

Will there be changes to Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area this year?

Yes. We have adjusted some of our usual operations at Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area to provide a safe and enjoyable ski, snowboard and tubing experience. See what changes will be in place.

Are you offering public programs?

Most public programs for groups are canceled through December 18, under Executive Order 20-99. Virtual and self-guided program offerings are available. Single household program opportunities are being developed. 

Are Campgrounds Open?

All campgrounds are closed for the season, and many group camps are now closed for the year. Please review our updated operations before reserving a site.

At group campsites, groups cannot exceed the gathering size limit of 10 and cannot have more than one household. 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.

Can I reserve a facility for my upcoming event?

Reservations for social events and gatherings are not currently available. Gatherings for groups from more than one household are not allowed under Executive Order 20-99.

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 cross-country skiing, archery, dog off-leash areas, horse trails and snowmobile 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. 

Are there ways students can learn from Three Rivers?

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

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.
  • Wear a face covering when visiting the parks and trails.

Learn more about how to enjoy the outdoors during COVID-19.

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

  • June 12, 2020

    Learn what's happening at Three Rivers this summer.

  • 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.