Gale Woods Farm

Outdoor fun on a real working farm! Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm features a unique educational opportunity for visitors of all ages to gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship.

Explore the park on your own, arrange a guided visit or attend a public event. You can also buy meat, wool, seasonal produce and more or host a celebration. In addition to programs and summer camps for aspiring farmhands, you'll find a variety of skill-based classes including fiber arts, cooking and gardening.

Hours Park Hours: 5 AM–10 PM Store Hours: Wed.-Sat., 9 AM-5 PM; Sun., Noon-5 PM

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things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

Group of bikers on paved trail

2.2 miles of trails

Enjoy crushed limestone trails for hiking or biking as you loop around rolling fields and forests, and take in the scene of undeveloped lakeshore and beautiful wetlands. Cows, sheep and pigs may be visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard. Bike to the farm on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Boat Launch

Boating

Couple carrying canoe to lake

558 acres of water

Enjoy a ½-mile hike around the pastures to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access. The reward: exploring the secluded bays of Whaletail Lake, known for its crappie and panfish. Canoe rentals and rack rental space are available June-September. Before your visit, please call Gale Woods Farm at 763.694.2001 for information on canoe rental hours.

Educational Farming

Educational Farming

Boy holding fresh picked carrots

Gale Woods presents unique opportunities to experience agriculture, food production and land stewardship. Workshops in gardening, farming, fiber arts and cooking strive to enrich lives and create connections in a casual group setting. The barn is open during public programs and scheduled group field trips, during which visitors can meet the animals and take part in seasonal farm activities such as collecting eggs, feeding the sheep, planting and harvesting in the garden or creating a wool-craft.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

Two kids fishing from canoe

558 acres of water

Enjoy a half-mile hike around the pastures to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access. The reward: exploring the secluded bays of Whaletail Lake, known for its crappie and panfish. Canoe rentals and rack rental space are available June-September. For information on canoe rental hours, please call Gale Woods Farm at 763.694.2001.

Hiking

Hiking

Children hiking farm trail

3.5 miles of trails

Enjoy crushed limestone trails for hiking or biking as you loop around rolling fields and forests, and take in the scene of undeveloped lakeshore and beautiful wetlands. Cows, sheep and pigs maybe visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard. Walk or hike to the farm on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Paddling

Paddling

People canoeing at sunset

558 acres of water

Enjoy a half-mile hike around the pastures to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access. The reward: exploring the secluded bays of Whaletail Lake, known for its crappie and panfish. Rentals will not be available in 2020.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

View of picnic area and lake

Several picnic areas are spread around the farm. The pastoral scene and vista of Whaletail Lake offers a wonderful backdrop. A spacious three-season picnic pavilion is available for rent. Gale Woods has earned national recognition as a “green” venue for hosting earth-friendly events.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

a woman walks through a snow-covered forest on snowshoes.

4.2 miles of trails

Enjoy ungroomed trails for snowshoeing as you loop around rolling fields and forests, and take in the scene of undeveloped lake shore and beautiful wetlands. Beef cattle and sheep may be visible on the pastures, and if the weather is right, you may be able to see chickens in the barnyard.

New in 2020-21: Snowshoes are available to rent online. Advance reservations required.

Upcoming Events

March 6 | Gale Woods
How does wool go from sheep to sweater? Find out at the annual Sheep Shearing! Meet the sheep and other farm animals

March 13, 19 & 20 | Gale Woods
Make a needle felted farm animal, or make slippers or mittens using wet felting techniques. 

March 20 | Online
Learn everything you need to know about raising chickens at home from Gale Woods!

All Programs and Events

See all upcoming events and programs at Gale Woods!

Visitor Information

Farm Market, Store & Visitor Center

Contactless shopping is now available at the Farm Store. Call 763.694.2001 during store hours for same-day curbside pickup, or order in-person from the store window. Credit cards only.

Purchase fresh food and other goods grown or raised at Gale Woods from the Farm Store, or participate in the CSA program. From mid-June to mid-October, visit our outdoor Farm Market on Saturdays from 9:30 AM-Noon.

Barn/Animal Hours

While the barn is only open for scheduled groups and public programs, the animals can typically be seen out on pasture from the hiking trails, which are free and open to the public every day. Join us for a public program or schedule a guided visit.

Dogs

Due to consideration of the farm animals, dogs are not allowed at Gale Woods Farm.

Groups

Whether you’re with a school, scout troop, 4-H or other group, Gale Woods Farm offers exciting, hands-on programs for preschoolers through adults. Learn more.

Watch a Video About Gale Woods

The pavilion is available for large groups April–November. This facility, a popular spot for weddings and corporate events, overlooks Whaletail Lake and the farm’s pastures and gardens.

Gale Woods Newsletter

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Give to Gale Woods

Make a donation to Gale Woods Farm today.

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The Wandering Naturalist

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Related Blog Posts

February 12, 2021

Mari Melby, one of our park guests, shares why she loves visiting Gale Woods Farm with her family and how it's become such a special place in their lives. 

Guardians of Gale Woods

By: Tim Reese

February 09, 2021

Meet the furry guardians of Gale Woods Farm who protect the sheep and learn what makes llamas and Great Pyrenees dogs good shepherds.

October 13, 2020

Wood ducks are one of the most spectacular birds in North America. Learn what Three Rivers is doing to provide the space they need to nest and thrive in our parks. 

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