Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Contact Information


  • Daily Camping Minimum: 15
  • Daily Camping Maximum: 55
  • Washington County Parks vehicle permit is also required for each vehicle - $5.00 per overnight stay (or per day) or $25.00 for a 12-month vehicle permit.


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Located on a Lake or River

  • Eagle Point
  • Elmo

On-Site Facilities & Services

  • Located on a Lake or River
  • Children's Programs (scheduled, supervised)
  • Evening Entertainment (regularly scheduled)

On-Site Recreation

  • Swimming Beach
  • Hiking Trail
  • Bike Trail
  • Lake/River Access (Boat Ramp)
  • Fishing Guides Available
  • Playground
  • Cross Country Ski Trail (groomed)
  • Snowmobile Trail (groomed)

Accommodations Policies

  • Open to the general public, no membership required

Other Date Information

  • The park is open daily from 7am to ½ hour after sunset. The campground is open from early May to mid October, however, water may not be available after October 1st. Reservations can be made, beginning January, by calling the park office.

Green Practices

  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices

Length of Stay

  • Daily site rental

Campground Features

  • Electric
  • Open in fall
  • Camping Accessible to disabled
  • 50 amp
  • Flush toilets in campground
  • Group camp facilities
  • Hot showers in campground
  • Pull-through sites
  • Sanitary Dump Station

Number/Type of Campsites

  • Number of tent-only sites: 5
  • TOTAL number of campsites: 120
  • Number of sites in horseback camp area: 20

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  1. 13th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival

    Lake Elmo Park Reserve
    Lake Elmo, MN 55042
    Call: 651-430-8370

    Set at beautiful Lake Elmo Park Reserve a 2,165 acre parkland just east of the metro off 94 and Keats. We will feature local Bluegrass Bands - Monroe Crossing, The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund and newcomers Blue Hazard for 4 hours of music! Also on-site you'll find eats by FOrk-in-the-Road Food truck as well as area non-profit vendors. Festival t-shirts featuring the collectible artwork of DWITT will be on sale at the parks booth, FREE facepainting for the kiddos and a huge playground for them to enjoy during the show. This festival is FREE with a Washington County Parks vehicle permit for only $5/day or $25/annual (That's $5 for a carload!!!) No dogs allowed please. Camping is available too if you want to make a weekend of it.

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