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.

Hours Visitor Center Hours: 7 AM–9 PM Park Hours: 5 AM–10 PM

Plan Your Visit

30 Minutes

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).

2 Hours

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!

All Day

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.

See 30-minute, 2-hour and all-day ideas for more parks!

things to do

Bike Trail


Biker on paved trail

3.5 miles of trails

Take a pleasant ride on this quiet and scenic trail around Cleary Lake. The paved trail has rest stops and a water pump located along the way. The trail connects to the Scott West Regional Trail.

Boat Launch


Family in a paddleboat

137 acres of water

A launch is located on the south end of Cleary Lake. No gas boat motors allowed and no wake. Boat rentals for paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards are available. Call for hours.



Campfire and tent at night

22 campsites

Roughing it was never so easy. Several campsites ranging in size from small to large are located in Cleary Lake Park for outdoor enthusiasts.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Skier on groomed trail

6 miles of trails

Cleary Lake Regional Park has cross-country ski trails for all skill levels, through rolling hills and hardwood forests. The visitor center offers ski rentals (see rates), snack bar and beverages. Check the trail conditions before you head out.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Dogs and their companions

28 fenced acres

A 28-acre off-leash area provides great opportunities for dog owners to exercise their dogs. The area is fenced and has a wetland pond. Daily or annual pass is required.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

Dogs on leash with companions

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.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


Child fishing from pier

143 acres of water

An accessible fishing pier is located on Cleary Lake. Anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license.



GPS units on table

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.



Youth swinging golf club

9 holes

The scenic terrain of Cleary Lake Golf Course draws both beginner and experienced golfers. The nine-hole executive course and driving range offer a full range of amenities and concessions for an all-around enjoyable experience.



a green sign that says hiking trail pointing toward a trail.

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).

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

Person riding fat bike on snowy trail

3.8 miles of trails

During the winter only, fat tire mountain bikes are permitted on the paved trail for free. With a daily or annual cross-country ski pass they are also allowed on the multi-use Golf Course ski trail. Click below to check trail conditions.



Kayaker on lake

137 acres of water

Cleary Lake is a quiet place for paddling. No motors allowed. Boat rentals for paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available. 

Rental Hours:

10 AM-8 PM daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Children in picnic area

The southeast shore of Cleary Lake has great vistas and lots of near-by amenities. There are first-come, first-served picnic areas and reservable picnic sites.

Play Area

Play Areas

children slide down a slide


A small play area is located in the picnic area. It features a variety of slides, tunnels, nets and other climbing components.

Skijoring and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Skijourer with dog

1.5 miles of trails

A great place to get out and enjoy the winter season with your dog. Skijoring is allowed on the multi-use Golf Course ski trail with a daily or annual ski pass.

Snowmobile Trail


Snowmobilers on wooded trail

Cleary Lake Park provides a link through the park along the northern boundary to state Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails to the east and west of the park.



Couple snowshoeing in an open field

Get out and explore winter. Snowshoeing is allowed on the multi-use Golf Course cross-country ski trail. Snowshoes are available to rent at the Visitor Center. See rental rates.



two girls swimming


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.

Upcoming Events

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!

Oct. 19-Nov. 1 | Multiple Locations
Dress up in costume, play games, carve a pumpkin and more at one of Three Rivers' Halloween events. Find one that interests you!

All Programs and Events

Visit the reservation system to browse all upcoming programs and events at Cleary!

Cleary Lake offers indoor and outdoor options for your next meeting, retreat, wedding or other event.

In Partnership

scott county logoCleary Lake Regional Park is operated under a joint powers agreement between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District. 


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