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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.
Learning life-long lessons in natural places.
The 2019 camping dates for Chester Woods Park and
Oxbow Park are:
May 3, 2019 to October 20, 2019
Online Reservations are now closed for Chester Woods and Oxbow Parks.
For questions on Camping/Picnicking at:
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 (435 KB)
Map to Chester Woods Park (137 KB)
Map to Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo (183 KB)
Map to Root River Park (257 KB)
All County Parks Brochure (3.49 MB)
Chester Woods Park Brochure (1.51 MB)
Oxbow Park (1.34 MB)
Root River Park Brochure (2.87 MB)
Olmsted County Parks Annual Report
Olmsted County Parks Annual Report (6 MB)