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.

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, row boats 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. An island site is accessible only by boat.

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, 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 - Closed for the season

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.



Wooded hiking 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.

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 multi-use trail for free. With a daily or annual cross-country ski pass they are also allowed on the 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, row boats and standup paddleboards are available. Call for hours.

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

Closed for the season

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 designated cross-country ski trails 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 designated cross-country ski trails when no race is scheduled. Snowshoes are available to rent at the Visitor Center.



two girls swimming

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 9:00 AM–8:00 PM.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing | Various Locations
Grab your friends and try something new. Women's programs include hiking, archery, fishing, kayaking and more.  Find one that interests you!

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

March 25–May 20 | Various 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!

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

Visitor Center Winter Hours

Hours for December to March are as follows:

If there is snow:

Sunday–Thursday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM–9:00 PM

Ski trail lights will stay on until 10:00 PM.

Ski rentals will be available.

If there is no snow or poor trail conditions:

Daily: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Ski trail lights will stay on until 10:00 PM

No ski rentals. 

young boy wading in the water holding a net

Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Summer camp registration is now open. Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at Cleary or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers. 

Aerators To Be Installed In Cleary Lake

Aerators will be installed in Cleary Lake as soon after Dec. 1, 2017 as conditions allow. Anyone using the lake should be aware that aerators can lead to unsafe ice conditions, including thin ice or open water, on portions of the lake. Learn more.

trail closure in north section of Cleary park

Trail closure

A portion of the north turf trail at Cleary Lake Regional Park is closed.

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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