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Collage of Chester Woods Pictures


Chester Woods Brochure (358 KB


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.


Chester Woods Park
8378 Highway 14 East
Eyota, MN 55934
Phone: 507 285-7050
Email: chesterwoods@co.olmsted.mn.us 

Chester Woods Park is located on the headwaters of Bear Creek in the rugged bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota.


 Park Hours: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Beach Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Beach is Currently CLOSED




   All vehicles entering the park are required to display either an annual or daily entrance permit. Currently, annual or daily entrance permits, rentals, or camping fees can be paid for at the Park entrance by cash or check only. No credit cards are accepted at the Park.

$5.00 daily or $25.00 annually.
$5.00 daily or $20.00 annually for Senior Citizens
(65 or older).


  • Purchased from private developers to assist in the flood control project for the City of Rochester, Chester Woods was finished in late 1994. Federal funding was used in the construction of the park and dam. Total cost of the project was approximately $5,000,000.

Flora and Fauna

  • Whitetail Deer
  • Wild Turkeys
  • Remnant Communities of native prairie plants are scattered throughout the park. These remnants are managed to reduce invasion by other species and encourage propagation of the prairie. 

Useful Links

 Clean Rochester's Water One Garden At A Time

The link above takes you to the Rochester Stormwater website where you can learn about making a 'rain' garden.

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