Hyland Lake Park Reserve
It’s a scenic retreat in the heart of Bloomington. Hyland Lake Park offers breathtaking prairie landscapes and a major body of water as well as a large play area, the Richardson Nature Center, Hyland Hills Ski Area, an 18-hole disc golf course and a 3-hole disc golf practice area. With so much to do, this park has endless opportunities for outdoor fun.
things to do
84 acres of water
Launch your non-motorized boat on Hyland Lake. No wake allowed. A boat trailer parking pass is required. Canoe, kayak, rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available most of the summer. Call for boat rental hours.
9.5 miles of trails
During the winter, trails are groomed daily for classic and skate skiing. Five miles of trails are lit and over three miles have snowmaking which guarantees extended hours of skiing each day and a longer season. Trails may close occasionally, so check the trail conditions before you head out. A daily or annual Three Rivers cross-country ski pass is required. Ski rentals available at the visitor center.
The premier 27-hole disc golf course at Hyland Hills Ski Area offers challenging elevations, tremendous scenery and fantastic amenities. The stunning Twin Cities skyline backdrops an 18-hole tournament course, as well as a 9-hole course. Both feature climbs and descents over ski slopes. An annual or daily pass is required. There is a three hole practice area near the Visitor Center, which is free to use - currently closed.
9 miles of trails
Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, turf, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash unless in a designated dog off-leash area. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.
Downhill and Telemark Skiing
Hyland Hills Ski Area features some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. Progressive and innovative downhill features challenge and thrill all snowboarders and skiers from beginners to experts. The SnowSports Academy is one of the finest in the country, teaching thousands of lessons each season for every level of skier or rider. The new full-service chalet opened in 2015.
17.8 miles of trails
Winding through woodlands and a restored tall-grass prairie, turf hiking trails span from Richardson Nature Center in the north to the Visitor Center in the south. Miles of paved trails come alive with hikers and bikers in the summer.
Fall Hiking – Lighted Trails
Hike under the lights in fall. The Lake Trail at Hyland has lights on until 9:00 PM until winter trail operations begin (typically after 2–3 inches of snowfall).
Learn about the natural world, the plants and the animals, at Richardson Nature Center. Attend one of many public programs with your family or preschooler. Send your children to a summer camp they will remember. Professional naturalists can customize programs for your school, scout troop, adult group, homeschool or birthday party.
The Hyland Recreation Area offers picnic areas in beautiful, natural settings with facilities and services to make your day enjoyable and memorable. The picnic area totals 29 acres; approximately 10 acres are for reservations only.
The award-winning creative play area includes numerous climbing and sliding structures to engage all elements of healthy movement. A designated accessible play area with sliding, swinging and climbing equipment is designed for children ages four and younger. Open mid-April to October, pending seasonal conditions. Reservations are required for all buses and commercial vehicles.
Hyland Hills Ski Area features some of the best snowmaking and grooming in the Midwest. Progressive and innovative downhill features challenge and thrill all snowboarders and skiers from beginners to experts. The SnowSports Academy is one of the finest in the country, teaching thousands of lessons each season for every level of skier or rider.
More about Hyland
Hyland Lake Park Reserve is part of a larger system recognized as “Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve.” The entire 2,565-acre complex is managed by the City of Bloomington and Three Rivers Park District. The City of Bloomington operates the Bush Lake and Normandale Lake facilities, while Three Rivers operates the Hyland and Anderson Lakes facilities. The two agencies work together to coordinate regional trails in the area.
Within the Anderson Lakes unit, there are two areas known as Anderson Lakes in Eden Prairie and Tierney’s Woods in Bloomington. Each provide parking and offer turf hiking trails to explore the spectacular vistas in the heart of our metropolitan area, as well as encounter abundant wildlife.
Most native forests in the region were cleared for agriculture by the turn of the twentieth century. Three Rivers is committed to restoring these forests.
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