Olmsted County Parks

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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.


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.


Oxbow Campground is now Open

Chester Woods Campground is Now Open


Chester Woods and Oxbow Campground Reservations are now online. 



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:

 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 (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)