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 where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship.

Explore the park on your own, arrange a field trip, or attend a public event. You can also buy fresh food and yarn 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.

2019 Road Closure and Detour Information: The closure of County Road 44 may impact your normal route to the farm. Scroll down for more information.

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

Interactive Map of Gale Woods

gale woods pdf map

Plan Your Visit

30 Minutes

Stop at the Farm Store to pick up a map and shop farm-to-table food and yarn. Explore the educational garden and pasture areas — cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs may be visible.

2 Hours

Walk, jog, or bike the 2.1-mile limestone trail where cows, sheep and pigs may be visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard. Stop at the Farm Store to pick up a map, shop farm-to-table food and yarn, and check out the educational program offerings (usually $5). Enjoy a 0.5-mile hike to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access. 

All Day

Pack a picnic lunch and walk or bike to the farm from the Dakota Rail Regional Trail. Continue your trek on the 2.1-mile limestone trail that winds through the rolling hills of the park. Take the 0.5-mile trail around the pastures to the accessible fishing pier and enjoy the peaceful, quiet views over Whaletail Lake. This is a wonderful place to watch the sunset and spot wildlife.

See 30-minute, 2-hour and all-day ideas for more parks!

2019 Road Closure

Due to the closure of County Road 44 (Westedge Blvd.), traffic will be detoured on County Road 110, County Road 15, County Road 92 and Highway 7. This may affect your route to Gale Woods Farm. Learn more.

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. Canoe rentals and rack rental space are available. 

Rental Hours

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:

9 AM-5 PM Monday-Saturday
Noon-5 PM Sunday

4 canoes available. Last rental is at 3:30 PM. See rental prices.

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. Cows, sheep and pigs maybe visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard.

Snowshoes are available to rent at the visitor center. See rental rates.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 29 | Hyland Hills
Need some inspiration for your upcoming wedding? Browse for vendors and get ideas for your big day. Entrance is free! (Photo by Tiffany Bolk Photography). 

Oct. 5 | Gale Woods
Witness a giant pumpkin weigh-off, walk a llama, watch the Star of the North Sheepherding Trial and more! Free admission. 

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
From escape room-style challenges to crafting to axe throwing and more, don't miss the teen-only programs at Three Rivers.

See all upcoming events and programs at Gale Woods!

Visitor Information

Farm Market & Visitor Center

Regular Hours

Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00–5:00 PM

Purchase fresh food and other goods grown or raised at Gale Woods from the Farm Store, or participate in the CSA program

Barn/Animal Hours

The barn is open for scheduled groups and public programs. Please call for availability, or join us at Saturday Mornings on the Farm April through September when the barn is open and you can see the farm animals up close! The animals can typically be seen out on pasture from the hiking trails, which are free and open to the public every day. 

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

Gale Woods video with audio descriptions.  

Fall is the perfect time to explore the outdoors. Celebrate the season with us! Discover what's happening in nature, track fall color updates, explore fall recipes, and more. 

The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 25–28: 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lowry Nature Center and the prairie at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn how Three Rivers has helped paved the way for environmental stewardship over the last 50-plus years.

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.

Related Blog Posts

July 15, 2019

The heat of summer is here, and sometimes a peaceful paddle is just what you need to cool off. See our favorite places to paddle in Three Rivers, then hit the water and find yours!

Top 10 Parks for Snowshoeing

By: Andrea Breitung

March 04, 2019

Snow conditions right now are the best we've seen in years. Learn more about the top 10 places to snowshoe in Three Rivers and explore some trails near you before the snow melts.

February 25, 2019

Wool is a versatile fiber that has been woven into human history for thousands of years. Learn more about the breed of sheep at Gale Woods Farm and dive into the process of making fleece into yarn.

Volunteering

Volunteers are an important part of the operations at this park. Three Rivers also has several opportunities for teens to get involved. 

Give to Gale Woods

Make a donation to Gale Woods Farm today.

Gale Woods Newsletter

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