Cleary Lake Regional Park
Cleary Lake Regional Park is one of the most popular year-round recreation spots in the south metro. With amenities including a golf course, campground, picnic area, cross-country ski trails, swimming beach and more, this beautiful park has something for everyone.
Plan Your Visit
Have lunch at one of the many picnic tables and enjoy views of Cleary Lake or go for a stroll on the Poplar Creek Trail (.88 mile).
Hike, bike or run on the 3.5-mile paved loop around Cleary Lake! Walking the entire loop takes over an hour, but with the many different rest spots and observation points, it’s a really enjoyable time. Cool down in the shade under a big tree and get a snack at the visitor center!
Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at one of the picnic shelters and play a game of sand volleyball. Go for a woodland treasure hunt and use your smart device to find a geocache or two. GPS units are also available to rent from the visitor center. Explore the woods on the Lakeside and Upper Ironwood trails and look for wildlife. End the day with a nap under big trees — the grassy areas below are a perfect place to hang a hammock and catch a quick snooze in the shade.
things to do
5.3 miles of trails
Walk your dog on miles of trails that wind through the park. Dogs are allowed only on paved trails with a six-foot, non-retractable leash. Owners must pick-up after their dog.
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.
5.9 miles of trails
Get your blood pumping with a brisk walk. A trail with rest stops and a water pump loops around Cleary Lake. The trail has connections leading to the Scott West Regional Trail for east and west connections from the park.
Fall Hiking – Lighted Trails
Hike under the lights in fall. The Poplar and Lakeside trails at Cleary have lights on until 9:00 PM until winter trail operations begin (typically after 2–3 inches of snowfall).
Skijoring & Dog Sledding
An unguarded beach is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The water is regularly monitored to ensure safe water quality. The beach is unguarded and free. Hours are 9:00 AM–8:00 PM.
Sept. 28 | Spring Lake
Explore miles of trails at Spring Lake Regional Park. Meet live raptors, try apple cider, go rock climbing and more! Free barbeque lunch begins at noon.
Sept. & Oct. | Multiple Locations
Learn the basics of archery and give shooting a try!
All Programs and Events
Visit the reservation system to browse all upcoming programs and events at Cleary!
Cleary Lake Regional Park is operated under a joint powers agreement between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District.
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