Activities available in Washington County Parks

  Big Marine Cottage Grove Lake Elmo Pine Point Point Douglas Square Lake St. Croix Bluffs
Archery         X        
Bicycling     X     X     X     X         X
Boating     X       X         X     X
Camping         X           X
Canoe/kayak Launch     X     X     X       X     X     X
Cross County Skiing     X     X     X     X         X
Fishing     X     X     X       X     X     X
Geocaching     X     X     X     X     X     X     X
Hiking     X     X     X     X         X
Horseback Riding         X     X      
In-line Skating (paved trails)     X     X     X     X         X
Mountain Biking         X        
Orienteering Course         X        
Picnicking     X     X     X        X     X     X
Play Areas     X     X     X           X
Snowshoeing     X     X     X     X         X
Swimming     X       X        X     X     X

Washington County Parks is committed to preserving natural open spaces. These areas help to maintain wildlife habitat, clean water, and provide a refuge for people to retreat from the usual bustle of daily life. To find more information on enjoying these open spaces, select an activity to learn more.

Discover the treasures of the great outdoors in Washington County Parks and Trails.

Situated on the eastern edge of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Washington County harbors some of the most unique natural landscapes in the region. Framed by the wild and scenic St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers, river adventures are easily accessible from Washington County’s St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Heavily influenced by receding glaciers, the hilly countryside of northern Washington County boasts some of the cleanest lakes in Minnesota, attracting anglers and boaters to Big Marine Park Reserve and Square Lake Park. Central and southern portions of the County exhibit signs of glacial outwash and are home to unique natural features like the ravines of Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park and the 120-foot deep lake in Lake Elmo Park Reserve. These natural landscapes welcome park visitors and provide a backdrop for a host of outdoor pursuits. This year, find yourself in a Washington County Park or on a Washington County Trail.

Washington County Parks provide a gateway to the tranquility fostered by natural areas within the County. With more than 4,100 acres in its parks system, Washington County Parks provide open spaces to access nature close to home.