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.
As ice recedes from lakes in Three Rivers Park District, Water Resources staff anticipate that several shallow lakes will have experienced fish die-offs over the winter.
The extensive snow depth on lakes this year shaded out all light transparency and reduced or limited the amount of oxygen aquatic plants produced under the ice. In addition, if the aquatic vegetation dies, the decomposition of the plants further depletes oxygen reserves in the water. The combination of these two factors can result in depleted oxygen levels in the water that create stressful conditions and eventually can cause fish to die. Learn more.
Invasive Species Work
Emerald ash borer, a serious invasive pest that kills ash trees, has been found in this park. We are actively monitoring and managing this situation by removing and replacing infected trees. There will be significant tree removal in this park and you may see signs about the work we're doing. Learn more about the emerald ash borer and our management of the invasive species.
Things To Do
5.3 miles of trails
Walk your dog on miles of trails that wind through the park. Dogs on a six-foot, non-retractable leash are allowed on paved and turf trails except where otherwise noted. 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
A trail with rest stops and a water pump loops around Cleary Lake. The trail has connections leading to the Big Woods Regional Trail for east and west connections from the park.
Please note: In winter, hiking on cross-country ski trails is not permitted.
Fall Hiking – Lighted Trails
Hike under the lights in fall. The Poplar and Lakeside trails at Cleary have lights on until 9 PM until winter trail operations begin (typically after 2–3 inches of snowfall).
137 acres of water
Cleary Lake is a quiet place for paddling. No motors allowed. Boat rentals for canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available.
Watercraft rentals are available from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day every year. Boats can be reserved online up to seven days in advance or in person. Reserving online is encouraged to ensure availability. Reserve a boat.
Skijoring & Dog Sledding
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.
Closed for the season
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 AM–8 PM.
Dec. 17–21 | Multiple Locations
Celebrate the solstice at Three Rivers! Learn about the night sky, join a snowshoe hike, make a Tomte ornament, and more.
Ongoing | Silverwood & Cleary Lake
Stay grounded and connect breath to movement.
All Programs & 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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