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.
Get visitor information for exploring the park on your own, attend a public program or event, or schedule a group visit. 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.
Interactive Map of Gale Woods
Things To Do
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.
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. Reserve a canoe or call 763-694-2001 for more information.
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.
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. Reserve a canoe. Accessible parking is available at the fishing pier. For access or more information, call 763-694-2001.
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.
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 from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Reserve a canoe or call 763-694-2001 for more information.
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.
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.
All Programs & Events
See all upcoming events and programs at Gale Woods!
Nearly all of our program offerings can be adapted or modified. Please call 763-559-9000 (for relay services dial 711) or email access@ThreeRiversParks.org to request free modifications and learn about available options. Learn more about accessibility at Three Rivers.
For questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763-694-2001.
Visiting the Farm Animals
Explore three miles of hiking trails to observe the farm animals on pasture. The park is free and open to the public 5 AM–10 PM daily. You may see chickens, cattle, sheep, guard dogs, cats and pigs as well as a llama in the summer and early fall. The barn is only open during scheduled events.
To meet the animals and learn more about the farm, attend a public program or event or schedule a group program. Picnic tables are available throughout the grounds, and a restroom and water fountain is accessible in the visitor center during park hours. Please note that the trails are not paved.
Due to consideration of the farm animals, dogs are not allowed at Gale Woods Farm.
Farm Store & Visitor Center
Hours: Monday–Saturday: 9 AM–5 PM; Sunday: 12–5 PM
Purchase food and other goods grown or raised at Gale Woods from the farm store.
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.
Take A Virtual Tour
Explore the farm in a virtual tour!
Watch A Video About Gale Woods
Snowshoes can be rented at Gale Woods Farm during the winter season as conditions allow.
Equipment rental reservations are required to guarantee availability on your preferred day/time. Reservations can be made online or over the phone by calling 763-559-6700. Snowshoes can be reserved from seven days in advance to 2 hours prior, as snow conditions allow. Availability may vary between locations and walk-up rentals are very limited.
Canoes are available at Gale Woods Farm from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
- Monday–Saturday (including Holidays): 9 AM–4:30 PM
- Sunday: 12:15–4:30 PM
Recreation equipment rental is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Watercraft can be reserved online up to seven days in advance or in-person. Reserving online is encouraged to ensure availability. Same-day reservations are available. Reserve a canoe.
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