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Chester Woods Park
Address:
8378 Highway 14 East
Eyota, MN 55934
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Park Hours: 7 am to 10 pm
Beach Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Rental Hours: 10 am to 6 pm

Chester Woods Park

 
 

 

Collage of Chester Woods Pictures

Mission

The mission of Olmsted County Parks is to foster an appreciation of
the natural world through environmental education, natural resource management, and public participation in the stewardship of our park lands.

Vision

Learning life-long lessons in natural places.

Chester Woods Park
8378 Highway 14 East
Eyota, MN 55934
Phone: 507 285-7050
or
Email: chesterwoods@co.olmsted.mn.us 

 

Chester Woods Park is located on the headwaters of Bear Creek in the rugged bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota.

 Park Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Beach Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Rental Hours:

Monday- Thursday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday - Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Chester Woods Campground is currently OPEN.

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 Online Camping Reservation

Please go to Olmsted County Public Works ePermitting.
Credit Card purchases only for Online Camping Reservations. A small fee will be added to purchase - see details on site listed above.

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All vehicles entering the park are required to display either an annual or daily entrance permit. Currently, annual or daily entrance permits, rentals, or camping fees can be paid for at the Park entrance by cash or check only. No credit cards are accepted at the Park.

$5.00 daily or $25.00 annually.
$5.00 daily or $20.00 annually for Senior Citizens
(65 or older).

Camping Reservations are accepted each year on January 2nd for the coming year.

Chester Woods Park Brochure(354 KB)

 Chester Woods Campground Rules(279 KB)

 Camping Permit(16 KB)

The nearest town to the park is Eyota, 3 miles east on Highway 14.
 
  • Small game hunting is prohibited in the park, but deer hunting on a lottery basis is allowed to keep populations in check.
  • Violation of park regulations is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or jail term. 

Background

  • Purchased from private developers to assist in the flood control project for the City of Rochester, Chester Woods was finished in late 1994. Federal funding was used in the construction of the park and dam. Total cost of the project was approximately $5,000,000.

Flora and Fauna

  • Whitetail Deer
  • Wild Turkeys
  • Remnant Communities of native prairie plants are scattered throughout the park. These remnants are managed to reduce invasion by other species and encourage propagation of the prairie.

 

Intern Application(19 KB)

Useful Links

 Clean Rochester's Water One Garden At A Time

The link above takes you to the Rochester Stormwater website where you can learn about making a 'rain' garden.

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