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.
Legacy Celebration May 19, 2018 (111 KB)
Campground Dates Have Changed for 2018.
The 2018 camping dates for Chester Woods Park and
Oxbow Park are:
April 27, 2018 to October 21, 2018
Reservations are now being accepted online for Chester Woods and Oxbow Parks.
For questions on Camping/Picnicking at:
Chester Woods Park: 507 287-2624
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 (3.03 MB)
Chester Woods Park (1.36 MB)
Oxbow Park (1.34 MB)
Root River Park (2.55 MB)
Olmsted County Parks Annual Report
Olmsted County Parks Annual Report (6 MB)