Lake Elmo Park Reserve


Lake Elmo Park Reserve is 2,165 acres (3.5 square miles) with 80 percent 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 settlers in the mid-1800s. This park reserve offers gently rolling hills with a variety of landscape types, 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.

Goats at Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Goats are browsing re-sprouts of Common buckthorn and honeysuckle again in Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The goats are being brought in by Goat Dispatch LLC and are browsing oak savanna restoration areas to help reduce shrub surface area and allow for other groundcover to establish. Please stay on trail and do not disturb the goats, if you see any suspicious activity please call the park office at 651-430-8370.

Location of goats - updated on 9/12/20

The goats are in Paddock I. The goats might be gone by September 20.

2020 LEPR Goat Paddock overview

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