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Baker Park Reserve
Located on Lake Independence, Baker Park Reserve’s 2,700 acres offer diverse outdoor activities in natural surroundings. You can enjoy a round of golf at Baker National Golf Course, explore the creative play area, picnic and swim, or bicycle on paved trails that wind through meadows and a “Big Woods” forest. Visit for the day, stay overnight in a spacious campground or plan a retreat to the Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, a secluded log-cabin village. In the winter, Baker Park Reserve becomes an outdoor enthusiast’s frosty paradise with miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, a spacious sliding hill and a cozy chalet nearby.
Call (763) 479-2473, or click here for more information.
Carver Park Reserve
Located on the western edge of the Twin Cities, Carver Park Reserve supports a large wildlife population of trumpeter swans, osprey, mink, white-tailed deer, barred owls and numerous waterfowl and songbirds. The park reserve is home to is Lowry Nature Center, the first public environmental education center of its kind in the state. Park visitors of all ages are delighted to discover the park’s rolling wooded terrain and interconnected lakes and marshes. The park features miles of trails that wind around the nature center, historic Grimm Farm and the King Waterbird Sanctuary. The trails also provide a valuable link to the Southwest Regional LRT Trail. Boaters and anglers can explore four lakes within the park reserve, and campers can enjoy a relaxing stay at the quiet Lake Auburn Campground. The park continues to thrive in winter for cold-weather enthusiasts who treasure mornings and afternoons spent on miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that begin at the Springview trailhead.
Call (763) 694-7650, or click here for more information.
French Regional Park
Located on the north shore of Medicine Lake in Plymouth, French Regional Park offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor exploration. Park visitors can paddle the scenic channels of Medicine Lake, take a refreshing hike through maple woodlands, or launch a boat and enjoy a day on the water.
The park’s fabulous creative play area and swimming beach are popular summer attractions for area children, and its terrific picnic areas have long been a favorite setting for family or corporate outings.
The park’s lighted trails attract scores of autumn hikers and cross-country skiers, and its turf pet-walking trail is a popular destination for dog walkers. Paved trails lead from the park entrance to the visitor center, play area and beach. They connect to the regional trail along the lake’s east shore and eventually lead to the Luce Line State Trail.
Call (763) 694-7750, or click here for more information.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. The 292-acre park has everything a kid could want on a hot summer day, including a 20,000-square-foot nautical-themed creative play area and crystal-clear swimming pond. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch, toss a line from the fishing pier or launch a boat from the public access. Whatever your interest, you will have a blast at this fabulous park! Be sure to stop inside the visitor center to learn about the lake’s storied history. Lake Minnetonka history and recreation programs are offered throughout the year.
Call (763) 694-7754, or click here for more information.
Lake Rebecca park Reserve
Located in the cities of Independence and Greenfield, this 2,200-acre park reserve offers outdoor activities and opportunities for glimpses of wildlife. Lake Rebecca Park Reserve’s gently rolling Big Woods landscape, with numerous wetland areas provides a haven for wildlife. This park reserve is one of the sites for the trumpeter swan restoration program. Several overlooks along hiking trails provide glimpses of these swans, the world’s largest waterfowl.
Except for ice-fishing and snowmobile access, the park is closed Nov. 1-March 30.
Call (763) 694-7860, or click here for more information.
Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by.
Widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota, this endearing place of endless blooms and enchanted history once was home to Grain Belt Brewery founder Frederick Noerenberg and his family. Noerenberg’s daughter Lora Noerenberg Hoppe bequeathed her family’s estate to Three Rivers Park District in 1972 with the directive that the estate be maintained as a garden for the public’s enjoyment.
Today, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens features a stunning array of annuals and perennials that have been showcased in numerous local and national publications and television programs including “Rebecca’s Garden” and “The Secret Gardens of Minneapolis.”
Call (763) 559-6700, or click here for more information.