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
917 acres of water
Paved boat launch accesses are available at Lake Independence and Spurzem lakes, and an unpaved 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.
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. Camper cabins sleep 5-6 people, one is 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. 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.
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.
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. In the winter, Independence, Half Moon and Spurzem Lakes provide access for ice fishing. Anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license. Wheelchair accessible.
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 (open)
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.
Open - 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. Each horse and rider, age 16 or older, must have either an annual or daily pass. Three Rivers Park District does not rent horses.
Rediscover the natural world and indulge in the simple joys. The 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.
Soak in the rays and the gorgeous vista of Lake Independence. Three Rivers also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: North Beach will be closed on Monday, July 10, South Beach closed Friday, July 14 for weed treatment.
Programs and Events
Upcoming programs and events at Baker.
Volunteers are an important part of the operations at Baker Park Reserve. Learn more about volunteering at Three Rivers.
Trails that connect
Enjoy Minnesota summers splashing around at the beach. Swimming areas are located near play areas, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, and more so you can make a day of it.
Throw a line for your own catch of the day. In Three Rivers, you might reel in muskie, northern pike, sunfish, bass or even walleye.