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Washington County Parks & Trails
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park Fishing Pier
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Fishing Pier © Washington County Parks, Courtesy of Jim Levitt


Washington County Parks


Washington County is endowed with natural resources that are aesthetically pleasing and diverse. A variety of land forms, high-quality lakes, woodlands, wetlands, and two nationally significant river valleys provide county residents with a wealth of natural amenities.

Visitors are encouraged to navigate these diverse amenities at a leisurely pace as they enjoy the natural beauty of Washington County.

Parks and Trails

The
parks in Washington County provide residents and visitors an opportunity to explore natural resources through a wide variety of recreational facilities; including camping, swimming, picnicking, and fishing. Miles of trails are available for hiking, biking, in-line skating, horse-back riding and cross country skiing in the winter. Recreational facilities are located in parks and on trails throughout the county.

Historical Structures

Many unique historical structures can be visited in Washington County. The most prominent, the
Historic Courthouse, is a part of the Parks Division. Opened in 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War, the courthouse was the center of Washington County government for more than 100 years. Today, its amenities and activities include a banquet facility, archives and research, exhibits and re-enactments, and guided tours.



John D. Elholm
Parks Director
Email

Lake Elmo Park Office
Ph: 651-430-8370

St. Croix Bluffs Park Office
Ph: 651-430-8240
24-Hour Information Line: 651-430-8368

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