Lake Elmo Park Reserve

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Lake Elmo Park Reserve Summer



Lake Elmo Park Reserve is 2,165 acres (3.5 square miles) with 80% of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. This portion will eventually resemble the land as it was prior to the arrival of the European settlers in the mid-1800s. This park reserve offers gently rolling hills with a variety of landscapes, including forest and prairie. Watch for pheasants, weasels, red fox, woodpeckers, cardinals, cottontail rabbits, squirrels, and white-tailed deer.

Vehicle permits are required for all vehicles entering the park.

Park Facilities and Activities


    Prescribed Grazing with Goats 

    Goats are grazing buckthorn and honeysuckle in oak savanna restoration areas in Lake Elmo Park Reserve. 


    There is one herd in the park right now.

    - There is a herd next to the Eagle Point Lake Trailhead next to the Snowshoe shack. This herd is extremely difficult to see and most of the time they are out on the peninnsula. There are two "barn" goats that are closer to the trailhead that you can see called "Lake Elmo" and "Sweet pea". 

    Goat Grazing Tours
    Join Parks staff for a one-hour field tour to learn more about how goats are being used to combat common buckthorn and honeysuckle re-sprouts and support oak savanna restoration efforts. For more information or to register for a tour, click the link below.

    Register Online