Winter in Three Rivers
Winter can feel like a long haul in Minnesota, but this year, let's pass on hibernation in favor of exploration. This year, let's have some fun! Below, find ways to get outside, see upcoming winter programs and events, and more.
things to do
Off-leash areas are designated sites where dogs are given the freedom to run and interact with other dogs. Parks at Three Rivers have both fenced and unfenced off-leash areas where you can let your dog run while you enjoy the scenic surroundings and meet other owners.
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.
One of the best ways to explore year-round is to head out for a hike on the extensive trail system in Three Rivers. Trails wind through the woodland, grassland and wetland habitats of many species of wildlife. You’ll be amazed at what you might see along the way.
If you have a horse and are looking for a place to ride, Three Rivers has miles of scenic horse trails to choose from. Natural woodlands and grasslands provide a beautiful setting for horseback riders.
Skijoring & Dog Sledding
Snowmobiling is permitted at Three Rivers Park District in order to provide links in state Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails within Baker, Carver, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves.
Ongoing | Baker Outdoor Learning Center
Learn about fire building, archery, navigation skills and more!
Dec. 18 | Gale Woods
Learn all about the magical Scandinavian Tomte tradition. Visit the animals and enjoy stories, music and s'mores around a warm fire!
In Three Rivers, there are countless ways to explore outdoors in the winter. Check out the following ideas from our staff and volunteers, or find your own adventure!
- Our 7 Favorite Winter Activities
- Best Cross-Country Ski Trails
- Where and Why to Try Ice Fishing
- All About Skijoring
- Why You Should Try Kicksledding
- 5 Tips for Taking Stunning Winter Photos
- 5 Ways to #OptOutside on Black Friday and Every Day
- 11 Ideas for Staying Active Outdoors in the Winter
- 5 Reasons to Bike Commute Year-Round
- Tips & Tricks for Winter Biking
- 6 Ways to Beat the Seasonal Blues
- 5 Outdoor Date Ideas
- Top 10 Parks for Snowshoeing
The Nature of Winter
Life goes on after the trees lose their leaves and the snow starts sticking. Find out what's happening around you on the Three Rivers blog.
- How Do Frogs Survive Winter?
- Why Do Some Trees Keep Their Leaves in Winter?
- What Happens to the Medicine Lake Turtles in the Winter?
- How Bats Survive Minnesota Winters
- Do Evergreens Lose Their Needles?
- 14 Best Nature Books to Check out this Winter
Hear more stories from your parks on the Three Rivers podcast, The Wandering Naturalist.
Instagram — #threeriverswinter