Olmsted County Parks

Collage of different scenes from Olmsted County parks 

 On April 16, 2013 the Olmsted County Parks Commission completed a two-year effort in developing a document entitled:  Olmsted County Parks Commission Planning Guidelines and Values.  It was approved by the Olmsted County Board of Commissioner's shortly after.  This document was the cornerstone of the Park Division's effort to move forward with the Master Planning and Operational Practices.  Further, the body of work sets a directional course for the future of our valued public lands.  It is the intention of the authoring body that these "guidelines" should be reviewed and modified, when required, by future Park Commissions.  It is not intended to be a static document.


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.


Learning life-long lessons in natural places.

All County Parks buildings are currently closed until further notice, including the Oxbow Park Nature Center, Zollman Zoo and Park Offices.  All classes and education programs will also be cancelled through May 4, 2020. 

Camping Reservations are Open for the 2020 season at both Oxbow Park and Chester Woods Park. Please go to Camping for more information.

The 2020 camping dates for Chester Woods Park and

Oxbow Park are: May 1, 2020 to October 18, 2020

For questions on Camping/Picnicking at:

 Oxbow Park:  507 328-7340
Chester Woods Park:  507 328-7350


Due to the threat of Emerald Ash Borer disease, only wood sold by the park itself, pre-bundled firewood which contains DNR certification it is free of invasive species and diseases and clean, untreated lumber is permitted in the parks.


How to Get to Our Parks

Map of All the County Park Locations 

Google Maps - Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

Google Maps - Chester Woods Park

Google Maps - Root River Park



All Parks Info Brochure 

Chester Woods Park Brochure

Oxbow Park Brochure 

Root River Park Brochure 


Olmsted County Parks Annual Report

Olmsted County Parks Annual Report