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Spring Lake Regional Park

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Park Map (PDF)

Spring Lake Regional Park Development Master Plan (PDF)

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Parking & Driving Information
Access to the park is from Howard Lake Road at the intersection of County Highway 82 across from Dakotah! Sport and Fitness.

Parking facilities for trails and the off-leash dog area are located at the end of Howard Lake Road, with a second trail access parking area off County Highway 12 on the south side of the park. Howard Lake Road from County Highway 12 has been permanently closed.

Park Operations & Fees
The park is operated under a partnership between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District. Entrance to the park is free, although off-leash dog area users will need to purchase either a daily use pass ($5) or a seasonal pass ($35). The daily use pass can be obtained at the park using an automated pay box (credit or debit card payment only), while the annual pass can be obtained at Cleary Lake Park Visitor Center, or online. Annual off-leash dog passes can be used at both Cleary Park and Spring Lake Park in Scott County, as well as any other Three Rivers’ off-leash dog area.

Park Information
Spring Lake Regional Park is 373 acres in size with shoreline along both Spring Lake and Prior Lake. The park contains a diversity of natural habitats from lakeshore to Maple-Basswood forests. There is a small creek that winds through the park's diverse wetland complex that includes open water wetlands, cattail marshes, and a tamarack swamp.

The park’s 3.5 miles of paved trails traverse through the majestic maple-basswood-oak forests, wetlands, and prairie areas. The park’s topography provides trail users with long, gradual hills on some segments that feature vistas of large wetland complexes and Spring Lake. Trails will be plowed in the winter for year-round use.

The off-leash dog area is approximately 10 acres in size, or about 1/3 the size of the popular Cleary Lake Park off-leash dog area. The site is fully fenced and features a separate small pet area for smaller dogs. Vault restrooms, people drinking water, and a dog washing area complete the amenities.

Park Development & Improvement
The park was largely untouched for decades. In 2006, the Spring Lake Regional Park Development Master Plan was completed as a guide for future implementation of infrastructure, recreation amenities and land stewardship practices. Highlights include a four-season lakeside pavilion with fishing piers and observation decks, a paved trail loop system, day camp, stewardship of the high quality maple-basswood forest, and restoration of savanna areas. Development of the park will be phased over several years, with the first phase opened in 2012. Spring Lake Regional Park is operated under a partnership between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District.


Volunteer
Scott County in Partnership with Three Rivers Park District invites you, your friends, family and organizations for a day of service. Join us as we continue the important work of restoring 140 acres of Spring Lake Regional Park by establishing a native forest habitat that is critical to many species. Volunteers are needed to join staff in the coming months to help control invasive species, assist with planting and collect native seeds.
Reservations are required so please call 763-559-6700 (Activity No. 477281-00).