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.

things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

Biker on paved trail

12.5 miles of trails

Enjoy the rolling hills and the scenic views along the trails at Baker Park Reserve. There are rest stops, and child trailers may be rented from the campground office.

Boat Launch

Boating

Boating on lake

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.

Rent paddleboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks on Lake Independence, south of the main beach. Call for boat rental hours.

Campground

Camping

Camp fire and tent

203 campsites

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.

Reserve a campsite.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Skiers climbing hill

9.1 miles of trails

Baker offers high-quality trails for skiers of all abilities. Trails are groomed for traditional touring and skate skiing. The chalet (Baker National Clubhouse) offers classic and skate cross-country skis, sit-skis for persons with disabilities and child pulks for rent. 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.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

Dogs on leash with companions

12.5 miles of trails

Dogs are allowed on all paved trails with 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.
 

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

Children on dock

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

Geocaching

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. 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.

Golfing

Golfing

Golfer by red barn

18 holes and 9 holes (closed for the season)

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.
 

Hiking

Hiking

Man walking on wooded trail

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.
 

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

Rider on horse

9 miles of trails

Baker offers scenic mowed trails for horseback riders, and trailer parking is available off of Homestead Trail. Trails are closed during the winter season. Check the Horseback Riding page for trail status updates. Three Rivers Park District does not rent horses.

 

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

Person riding fat bike on snowy trail

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.

Nature Education

Nature Education

a log cabin at the baker near-wilderness settlement in the fall

Rediscover the natural world and indulge in the simple joys. Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement 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.
 

Paddling

Paddling

Children in a canoe

945 acres of water

Baker Park offers a variety of lakes for paddling. Rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboat or stand-up paddleboard on Lake Independence or launch your own watercraft on Independence, Half Moon or Spurzem Lakes.
 

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Man grilling food

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.

Zero Waste Picnicking

Three Rivers Park District encourages our guests to minimize their impact on the environment by reducing how much waste goes into the trash. This summer, picnic recycling kits will be provided to guests at the Baker Park Reserve Picnic Area to encourage recycling and composting.

The kits will include three bags (trash, recycling, and compost), as well as educational literature. Receptacles for each type of waste will be located in the picnic area.

Please consider bringing materials to Baker Park that can be reused, recycled, or composted (for example, if possible, choose reusable or paper plates over Styrofoam plates). This effort has been made possible through a public place recycling grant from Hennepin County.
 

Play Area

Play Areas

Child on tire swing

closed for the season

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 and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Skijourer with dog

5.2 miles of trails

Skijoring is permitted on the multi-use trail and does not require a ski pass. Access the trail off of Homestead Trail.

Sledding

Sledding

Child on sled

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.

Snowmobile Trail

Snowmobiling

Snowmobilers on wooded trail

Baker provides links through the park along the west boundary to state Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails. Snowmobile trailer parking is available at the Recreation Area. A daily or season trailer parking pass is required.
 

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Children snowshoeing in the woods

5.2 miles of trails

Opportunities abound for snowshoeing at Baker. You can rent snowshoes and hit the designated trails at the cross-country ski chalet. Or those looking to venture on their own can travel along the multi-use trail or go off trail at the Baker Campground.

Swimming

Swimming

Children swimming in lake

closed for the season

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.

Upcoming Events

April 29 | BNWS
Test your archery, orienteering, puzzle, canoeing and campfire-cooking skills in this team-based challenge. Teams of 2-4 welcome! Great for families, middle schoolers and teens. Register your team today!

April 22–May. 19 | Multiple Locations
Learn the basics or develop existing skills in one of many archery programs!
 

March 25–May 20 | Multiple Locations
Geocaching involves using a GPS to track down hidden treasures, or caches. Put your navigational skills to the test in one of many geocaching programs!

Find an event or program at Baker Park Reserve!

young boy wading in the water holding a net.

Summer Camp Registration

Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at Baker, or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers. 

Three Rivers is hiring a variety of summer positions, including full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship. Apply today!

With more than 200 sites to choose from, you may have trouble picking your favorite spot. Camper cabins and sites with or without electrical hookups are available with shower and restroom facilities nearby. 

Natural Resources

Three Rivers takes great care to preserve the natural beauty of this park through the efforts of the Natural Resources division. Trumpeter swans, once endangered, can be seen at Baker Park Reserve today because of these efforts.

Volunteering

Volunteers are an important part of the operations at Baker Park Reserve. Learn more about volunteering at Three Rivers.

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