Summer Operations Update

June 12, 2020

Nothing says summer like playing all day in the warm sunshine, cooling off in a lake and sleeping under the stars. Summer is one of our busiest seasons in the parks and as we adjust our operations to meet the current health guidelines, we are committed to providing as many outdoor recreation and education opportunities as possible.

Most of our summer amenities are currently open or will be opening soon. Everyone is reminded to practice social distancing, use good hygiene and refrain from visiting if you aren’t feeling well. Here is an overview of some of what is available at Three Rivers this summer:

Swim Ponds Open June 26

  • The swim ponds at Elm Creek Park Reserve and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park will open Friday, June 26. Guarded hours may vary throughout the summer.
  • Season wristbands are available for purchase online. Walk-up day passes will also be available for purchase. Capacity limits may be put in place on busy days.
  • There is construction at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, but the swim pond will be open. August hours may be adjusted based on the project's timeline.
  • Our lakeside beaches are also open. These beaches are unguarded and swimming is available from 9 AM–8 PM daily. No passes or fees are required.

Play Areas Will Open June 19

  • Play areas will open June 19.
  • Baker play area is closed for 2020 due to construction. Habitats play area at Lowry Nature Center will be closed to accommodate summer camps and programs.
  • Group reservations for play areas will not be available this summer.
  • Please note, play areas are not cleaned or sanitized.

Watercraft Rentals Are Now Available

  • New this summer, watercraft rental reservations must be made online.
  • Kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats and paddleboats will be available, but not all types are available at every park. See rental hours and availability.
  • Additional cleaning processes will be in place for boats and life jackets.

Campgrounds Are Now Open

  • Single-household camping is available at Baker and Carver Park Reserves, as well as at Cleary Lake Regional Park. Reserve a campsite or cabin online.
  • Group campsites are available throughout the Park District for groups up to 25 people. Reservations can be made online or by calling 763.559.6700.
  • Modifications have been made to campground operations based on the Governor’s current guidelines for camping.

Picnic Areas and Small Pavilion Rentals

  • Reservable picnic areas and small pavilions are available for new reservations starting July 1.
  • Following the guidelines for social gatherings, the maximum gathering size for outdoor picnic areas is 25 people and 10 people for small indoor pavilions.
  • Full refunds are available for anyone wishing to cancel an existing reservation. To request a refund, contact us at or 763.559.6700.
  • General picnic areas are available for first-come, first-served use during regular park hours. Please note these picnic areas are not cleaned or sanitized between each use.

Receptions, Weddings and Memorial services

  • New reservations for receptions, weddings and memorial services will be available beginning June 20.
  • Event size and operations will vary by location. Email or call 763.559.6700 for more details.
  • Full refunds are available for anyone wishing to cancel an existing reservation. To request a refund, contact us at or 763.559.6700.

Nature Centers and Visitor Centers

  • Visitor centers at Cleary Lake and French Regional Parks and Hyland Lake Park Reserve will re-open June 19, providing basic guest services and additional restrooms.
  • Nature centers and program centers remain closed to the general public to accommodate summer camp and programming needs.

Summer Programs & Golf Lessons Available

  • We are providing a variety of new summer program offerings and experiences for guests of all ages and abilities.
  • June offerings are currently open and available for registration. July and August offerings will be available soon.
  • As much as possible, we have adjusted our summer camp and golf lesson offerings to meet current guidelines. We are communicating specific camp and lesson details to participants via email throughout the summer.
  • Interested in improving your golf game? Private lessons are available for golfers of all ages, abilities and skill levels.
  • If you have questions about a program or would like to cancel your registration, contact us at or call 763.559.6700.

With more than 27,000 acres of parkland and hundreds of miles of trail, it will be easy to enjoy an outdoor adventure close to home this summer. Check our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information on our operations and available activities.