Hyland Lake Park Reserve

It’s a scenic retreat in the heart of Bloomington. Hyland Lake Park offers breathtaking prairie landscapes and a major body of water as well as a large play area, the Richardson Nature Center, Hyland Hills Ski Area, an 18-hole disc golf course and a 3-hole disc golf practice area. With so much to do, this park has endless opportunities for outdoor fun.

Visitor Center & Play Area Closed for Construction

Road and parking lot construction is underway at the Hyland Lake Park Reserve Recreation Area. It will take place through the summer and fall of 2019. The visitor center and the areas around it are closed, including the play area, picnic areas and boat launch. Learn more about the project

Plan Your Visit

30 Minutes

Hike the Prairie Trail at Richardson Nature Center, where you’ll find rolling hills of restored prairie and colorful forests on the horizon. The trail loops through tall grasses and wildflowers and offers stunning views.

2 Hours

Go on a bike tour through the park on 8.7 miles of paved trails that loop through mature forests and restored prairies. Look for wildlife along the way and stop at one of the many rest areas for a snack or woodland picnic.

All Day

Spend your day at Richardson Nature Center, where you can explore several nature exhibits, including an active bee hive, and see live animals up close! Rent a bird-watching backpack or pond exploration kit from the front desk and discover life around you on one of the many trails around the nature center. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at a picnic area. Stick around for a program and learn more about life in the park.

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things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

Biker on paved trail

8.6 miles of trails

Winding through woodlands and a restored tall-grass prairie, miles of paved trails are connected in loops with a spur to Richardson Nature Center. The trails also connect to municipal trails outside of the park making connections for recreation and commuting.

Boat Launch

Boating

Rental boat at shore

84 acres of water

Launch your non-motorized boat on Hyland Lake. No wake allowed. A boat trailer parking pass is required. Canoe, kayak, rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available most of the summer. Call for boat rental hours.

Campground

Camping

Campfire and tent

A group campsite with shelter is located south of the Visitor Center. Reservations are required.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Friends lined up for a ski lesson

9.5 miles of trails

During the winter, trails are groomed daily for classic and skate skiing. Five miles of trails are lit and over three miles have snowmaking which guarantees extended hours of skiing each day and a longer season. Trails may close occasionally, so check the trail conditions before you head out. A daily or annual Three Rivers cross-country ski pass is required. Ski rentals available at the visitor center.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Disc golf basket and hillside

18 holes

The premier 27-hole disc golf course at Hyland Hills Ski Area offers challenging elevations, tremendous scenery and fantastic amenities. The stunning Twin Cities skyline backdrops an 18-hole tournament course, as well as a 9-hole course. Both feature climbs and descents over ski slopes. An annual or daily pass is required. There is a three hole practice area near the Visitor Center, which is free to use - currently closed.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

a man walks two large light-colored dogs on a paved trail through trees and a picnic area.

9 miles of trails

Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, turf, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash unless in a designated dog off-leash area. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.

Downhill Ski Area

Downhill and Telemark Skiing

Skier in slalom gates

Hyland Hills Ski Area features some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. Progressive and innovative downhill features challenge and thrill all snowboarders and skiers from beginners to experts. The SnowSports Academy is one of the finest in the country, teaching thousands of lessons each season for every level of skier or rider. The new full-service chalet opened in 2015.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

Kids with fish

88 acres of water

An accessible fishing pier is located on Hyland Lake near the Visitor Center. Anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license.

Geocaching

Geocaching

Two girls using a GPS unit

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure.

Hiking

Hiking

Hiker on wooded trail

17.8 miles of trails

Winding through woodlands and a restored tall-grass prairie, turf hiking trails span from Richardson Nature Center in the north to the Visitor Center in the south. Miles of paved trails come alive with hikers and bikers in the summer.

Fall Hiking – Lighted Trails

Hike under the lights in fall. The Lake Trail at Hyland has lights on until 9:00 PM until winter trail operations begin (typically after 2–3 inches of snowfall). 

Nature Education

Nature Education

Kids observing bee hive

Learn about the natural world, the plants and the animals, at Richardson Nature Center. Attend one of many public programs with your family or preschooler. Send your children to a summer camp they will remember. Professional naturalists can customize programs for your school, scout troop, adult group, homeschool or birthday party.

Paddling

Paddling

Children paddling kayaks on lake

84 acres of water

Launch your non-motorized boat on Hyland Lake. A boat trailer parking pass is required. Canoe, kayak, rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available most of the summer. Call for boat rental hours.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Couple enjoying picnic on a hillside

The Hyland Recreation Area offers picnic areas in beautiful, natural settings with facilities and services to make your day enjoyable and memorable. The picnic area totals 29 acres; approximately 10 acres are for reservations only.

Play Area

Play Areas

hyland lake play area

Closed

The award-winning creative play area includes numerous climbing and sliding structures to engage all elements of healthy movement. A designated accessible play area with sliding, swinging and climbing equipment is designed for children ages four and younger. Open mid-April to October, pending seasonal conditions. Reservations are required for all buses and commercial vehicles.

Sledding

Sledding

girl sledding on her stomach with her arms extended like an airplane

It’s easy to feel like a kid again in Three Rivers, where you'll find some of the best sledding hills in town. Just bundle up and grab a sled for hours of exhilarating fun.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding

a snowboarder in the air with chairlifts in the background

Hyland Hills Ski Area features some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. Progressive and innovative downhill features challenge and thrill all snowboarders and skiers from beginners to experts. The SnowSports Academy is one of the finest in the country, teaching thousands of lessons each season for every level of skier or rider.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Snowshowers in the woods

5 miles of trails

The snowshoe trails are located at the nature center and recreation area. Snowshoe rental is available at the Richardson Nature Center.

Upcoming events

Monday, Sept. 23
Celebrate the beginning of the best campfire season with 10% off when you register on September 23!

Sept. 29 | Hyland Hills
Need some inspiration for your upcoming wedding? Browse for vendors and get ideas for your big day. Entrance is free! (Photo by Tiffany Bolk Photography). 

Oct. 12 | Elm Creek
From hard-core distance runners to casual walkers, this annual event offers a 10K, 5K & 1K—something for everyone!

All Programs and Events

Quietly paddle Hyland Lake, take a cross-country ski lesson, get fit outdoors with the GreenFit Club or browse other happenings offered at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. 

Fall is the perfect time to explore the outdoors. Celebrate the season with us! Discover what's happening in nature, track fall color updates, explore fall recipes, and more. 

News

  • May 08, 2019

    Construction has started on Phase 1 of the road and parking lot improvement project at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. This phase includes repaving of the Woodcrest and Edgewood picnic area parking lots and the park road leading to those areas.

More about Hyland

Hyland Lake Park Reserve is part of a larger system recognized as “Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve.” The entire 2,565-acre complex is managed by the City of Bloomington and Three Rivers Park District. The City of Bloomington operates the Bush Lake and Normandale Lake facilities, while Three Rivers operates the Hyland and Anderson Lakes facilities. The two agencies work together to coordinate regional trails in the area.

Within the Anderson Lakes unit, there are two areas known as Anderson Lakes in Eden Prairie and Tierney’s Woods in Bloomington. Each provide parking and offer turf hiking trails to explore the spectacular vistas in the heart of our metropolitan area, as well as encounter abundant wildlife.

Natural Resources

Most native forests in the region were cleared for agriculture by the turn of the twentieth century. Three Rivers is committed to restoring these forests.

Volunteering

Three Rivers takes great care to preserve the natural beauty of this park through the efforts of the Natural Resources division. Volunteers are an important part of this work.

With picnic areas, Richardson Nature Center, and the newly renovated Chalet, Hyland Lake Park Reserve offers fantastic indoor and outdoor venues for group events.

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The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 25–28: 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lowry Nature Center and the prairie at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn how Three Rivers has helped paved the way for environmental stewardship over the last 50-plus years.

The Three Rivers Blog

September 03, 2019

Friday is National Read a Book Day. To help you prepare, Mary Magers, bookseller at Minneapolis independent bookstore Magers & Quinn, agreed to share some of her favorite books about the natural world. From pollinators to weather to winter survival and more, read on to find your next page-turner.

August 26, 2019

Believe it or not, fall bird migration is already starting! From ospreys to owls to waterfowl, read all about what birds pass through our area of Minnesota and where in Three Rivers you can expect to see them. 

August 19, 2019

Camera trapping, a newer volunteer project in Three Rivers, provides the wildlife department with useful information about the kinds of animals found in the parks. Learn more about camera trapping and see what's been caught on film!

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