Baker Park Reserve
Located on scenic Lake Independence, Baker Park Reserve offers 2,700 acres of natural landscape and accommodations for almost any activity from golfing to camping to cross-country skiing, and so much more. No matter the season, there’s always something fun to do.
Horse Trail Conditions
Before you head out, check horse trail conditions.
things to do
917 acres of water
A paved boat launch is available at Lake Independence. An unpaved boat launch is located at Spurzem Lake, and a carry-in access is available at Half Moon Lake. No wake at Half Moon and Spurzem. Gas motors are allowed at Spurzem.
Some group camps are now open!
There is more than one way to camp. Baker Park Reserve offers a traditional campground as well as camper cabins and group campsites. The campground offers sites with and without electrical hookups. Five camper cabins sleep 5-6 people; two are accessible for people with disabilities. All camper cabins feature screened-in porches, tables, bunks, electricity and heat. The campground and camper cabins have access to modern restrooms facilities with showers and access to drinking water. There are five group campsites that offer a range of amenities from simple open air to sites with shelter and electricity, water and flush toilets. The Half Moon Group Campsite is available year round. All camping requires reservations.
9.1 miles of trails
Baker offers high-quality trails for skiers of all abilities. Trails are groomed for traditional touring and skate skiing.
A Three Rivers Park District Cross-Country Ski Pass is required for skiers ages 12 and older. Passes may be purchased at the chalet. For more information, call 763.694.7660. Check trail conditions.
12.5 miles of trails
Dogs are allowed on paved and turf trails except where otherwise noted. Dogs must be kept on a six-foot, non-retractable leash. During the winter, the multi-use trails provide access for dog sleds and skijor. Owners must pick-up after their dog.
943 acres of water
Write your own fish story from a fishing pier on the south end of the beach on Lake Independence or Half Moon Lake. The pier is wheelchair accessible. In the winter, Independence, Half Moon and Spurzem Lakes provide access for ice fishing. Anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license.
Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment. GPS units with pre-loaded geocaches are available to check-out for free at the campground office on a first-come, first-served basis. Units may only be used in the park and must be returned before closing.
18 holes and 9 holes
Baker National is one of the finest public golf courses in the Twin Cities. This facility features a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, a nine-hole executive course, driving range, practice facilities and concessions. Lessons and leagues are available. Designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary from Audubon International. Baker National demonstrates efforts to improve environmental quality, through habitat and water quality management.
Reserve your tee time online for the Championship Course and Evergreen Course or by calling 763.694.7670.
19.8 miles of trails
The Timber Trail is for turf hiking only and is accessible near the Marshview Group Camp. Hiking is also encouraged on the paved bike trail and turf horse trails. Although these trails are closed in the winter, visitors can enjoy miles of hiking on the winter multi-use trail or on the plowed path at the Baker Campground. GPS units are available to check out for free at the campground office during office hours.
5.2 miles of trails
This winter-only, multi-use trail is open 5:00 AM–10:00 PM as snow conditions permit. A pass is not required. Click below to check trail conditions and learn more about mountain biking in Three Rivers.
Rediscover the natural world and indulge in the simple joys. Baker Outdoor Learning Center offers you and your family a unique opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. Cultivate camaraderie with friends and family by staying in one of eight comfortable cabins or meeting in the expansive multipurpose lodge. Site is only accessible during a program or by reservations.
945 acres of water
Baker Park offers numerous lakes for paddling. Rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboat, rowboat or stand-up paddleboard at Baker Campground and explore Lake Independence, or launch your own boat on Independence, Half Moon or Spurzem lakes.
Rental Hours & Process
- Through Labor Day: Noon-7 PM, Saturday & Sunday
- Sept. 8-27: Noon-6 PM, Saturday & Sunday
New in 2020: Boat rentals can be reserved online or in person at the Baker Campground office. Boats can be reserved in two-hour time blocks up to seven days in advance. Same-day reservations are available. See rental rates.
Soak in the rays and the gorgeous vista of Lake Independence. Three Rivers offers picnic areas in beautiful, natural settings and Baker has some of the best. A spacious, first-come, first-served family picnic area and four reservation picnic sites are available for your needs.
The Baker Play Area is being redesigned and will be closed for construction in 2020.
Remember the fun of playing on a playground? Climbing, sliding, swinging higher and higher. Baker Play Area is just the right size for younger kids. For group reservations, please call 763.559.6700.
Skijoring & Dog Sledding
Baker sledding hill is groomed and offers lots of space for excitement. Access the hill from the cross-country chalet, where you can warm up with a warm cocoa and snacks. Snowboards, tubes or railed sleds are not permitted.
It’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day! Baker Park has two swimming beaches on Lake Independence with spectacular views of the lake. The water is regularly monitored to ensure safe water quality. The beaches are unguarded and free. Hours are 9:00 AM-8:00 PM.
Celebrate the official start of fall with 10% off on Sept. 22!
Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Learn the basics of archery and give shooting a try!
All Programs and Events
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Baker Ski Sale
Classic and skate cross-country ski equipment will be available at the 2020 ski sale in December. Due to COVID-19, we will be changing the sale format. Please check back here for more information.
Explore Baker With KARE 11
Explore the trails of Baker Park Reserve and other Three Rivers parks with KARE 11.
Baker Play Area Closed in 2020
The Baker Play Area will be closed for construction in 2020. A new play area is coming soon! Learn more.
Baker Master Plan
Three Rivers Park District is creating a new master plan for Baker Park Reserve. The master plan will inform future decisions related to recreation areas, the campground, golf course, trails, and natural resources management. Visit the Master Plan page to learn more.
Volunteers are an important part of the operations at Baker Park Reserve. Learn more about volunteering at Three Rivers.
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