Lake Elmo Park Reserve

  1. Special Permitted Archery Deer Harvests in LEPR, Sunfish Lake, SCB, & CGRRP partial trail closures

    Special Permitted Archery Deer Harvests will be taking place in Lake Elmo Park Reserve with Sunfish Lake Park, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, and Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. Partial trail closures will occur. Read on...
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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.

The Lake Elmo Park Reserve contact station is open daily from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Park Facilities and Activities


    Prescribed Grazing with Goats 

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

    10/4/2021: Goats will be back around Thanksgiving! Check back for more information then.

    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.