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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 will be closed Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st from 4:00 AM to Noon each day. See press release below.
Chester Woods Youth Turkey Hunt Press Release (143 KB)
Memorial Day-Labor Day
Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday - Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Beach is now Closed for the season
Watercraft Rental Hours:
Daily: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Horse Trails are now closed for the season
Campground is now closed for the season
All vehicles entering the park are required to display either an annual or daily entrance permit/park pass. Annual or daily entrance permits, rentals, or camping fees can be paid for at the park entrance by cash, check or credit card.
$5.00 daily or $25.00 annually. $5.00 daily or $20.00 annually for Senior Citizens (65 or older).
Park passes may be purchased at Chester Woods Park or at 2122 Campus Dr SE, Suite 200.
Disabled American Veterans get in free of charge. Please call the Veterans Service Office: 507 328-6355
On July 19, 2017 Chester Woods was hit by an EF0 to EF1 tornado, along with straight line winds. Below are some photos of the damage that Chester Woods Parks sustained during the storm.
Press Release Volunteers for Chester Woods (40 KB)
Chester Woods Park is located on the headwaters of Bear Creek in the rugged bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota. There are approximately 12 miles of primitive trails winding through a variety of inviting natural habitats in the undeveloped areas of the park. A mile long hard surfaced trail links the campground, boat launch, fishing pier, and picnic areas. Motor vehicles and bicycles are restricted to improved roads and designated trails only.
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
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.
Chester Woods Park 8378 Highway 14 East Eyota, MN 55934 Phone:
507 328-7350 or Email:
Chester Woods Park Brochure (1.51 KB)
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.