Olmsted County Parks

 
 

Stay Safe Parks Sign

All County Parks Buildings and Offices including the Oxbow Park Nature Center are closed until further notice. 

Trails are open. Please practice social distancing while using the trails. Pets are only allowed on a leash in the designated leashed areas.

For the protection of all Olmsted County park visitors and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Parks department has implemented a new touchless payment system to pay for firewood, park passes, and more. Read More

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Chester Woods Park Beach with the Beach House and the Oxbow Park Zollman Zoo are open.

Parks Reopening Press Release (57.0 KB)

Chester Woods Beach Hours: 

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Daily

Zollman Zoo Hours: 

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily

Physical distancing (six-feet of distance between you and individuals that are not part of your immediate household) is a high priority for beach goers and zoo visitors and masks are recommended, especially inside the beach house. The Oxbow Park Nature Center will not be open, so restrooms in the building will not be open for use. Restrooms will be open in Oxbow Park Picnic areas. Please plan to bring your own water, hand sanitizer, and face masks.

Campgrounds are open. Restrooms will be open with a minimum cleaning routine of 2x/day. We are accepting camping reservations for the 2020 season at both Oxbow Park and Chester Woods Park. Visit our Camping Reservations Website to check availability of the site and call 507 328-7070 Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM to make reservations.

All classes and education programs are cancelled through the Summer.

 

 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.

 
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.

 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

 

Brochures

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