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Dakota County Adopt-a-Highway Program

Adopt a Highway Program

The Adopt-a-Highway Program looks for volunteers to collect litter along designated segments of County highways to help keep roadsides clean. Coordination of the program and supplies (safety vests, trash bags and training) are provided by the Dakota County Transportation Department.

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Dakota County Parks

Dakota Woods Dog Park

Help maintain your dog's mental and physicals health by getting them outside to roam. Dakota Woods Dog Park is a 16-acre, fenced-in, wooded park that is a great place to let your dog run and exercise on and off-leash. The park is centrally located in Dakota County, just east of Rosemount and north of Farmington.  

Lake Byllesby Regional Park

Lake Byllesby Regional Park is nestled in the scenic Cannon River Valley on Lake Byllesby Reservoir, the largest lake in southern Dakota County. This beautiful park offers vast open space for a variety of year-round active sports or quiet recreation for company picnics, family reunions or other large and small group gatherings. And don't forget the lake, public access points allow you to enjoy the water as you take in the sheer cliff facings that are hundreds of years old or catch a glimpse of the Lake Byllesby Dam.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in the Dakota County park system. Containing almost 2,000 acres, the park offers miles of trails and many lakes for year-round outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park - New Year's Eve Party in the Wild - Dec. 31, 2021

Bring your whole family to ring in the new year at our Annual New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Lebanon Hills Regional Park.  Celebrate all things winter with ice skating on a frozen lake, hiking/snowshoeing through the woods lit by over 1,000 flickering luminaries, stop by a roaring bonfire and toast marshmallows, and more!

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help support multiple activities before/during/after the event and help make this event a success. To ensure a high quality experience, pre-registration is required to volunteer. Check out the roster below to see what opportunities are available.

 
 
 
 

Lebanon Hills Regional Park - Trails By Candlelight - Feb. 11, 2022

The grand finale of our winter Trails by Candlelight events. Enjoy Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan by flickering candlelight with more than 1,500 luminaries lining more than 4 miles of trails. A variety of cross-county ski, snowshoe, hiking and walking trails with varying distances will be lit. When you need a break, stop by one of our roaring bonfires to warm up and roast a marshmallow. Fun for the whole family.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help support multiple activities before/during/after the event and help make this event a success. To ensure a high quality experience, pre-registration is required to volunteer. Check out the roster below to see what opportunities are available.

Miesville Ravine Park Reserve

Miesville Ravine Park Reserve is a large nature preserve that provides miles of trails for you to enjoy the picturesque Cannon River Valley. Located at the confluence of Trout Brook and the Cannon River near Miesville, this beautiful park offers the feel of scenic southeastern Minnesota in our very own backyard.

Spring Lake Park Reserve

Enjoy the feel of northern Minnesota from this scenic park that overlooks the Mississippi River. A rest stop along the Great River Road, Spring Lake Park Reserve is the "hidden jewel" of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The Schaar’s Bluff Trailhead and picnic area provide a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River Valley as well as access to summer hiking and winter ski trails.

Spring Lake Park Reserve: Trails By Candlelight - Jan. 28, 2022


Take in the stunning views of the Mississippi River by starlight and candlelight at the Trails By Candlelight event at Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings. A variety of cross-county ski, snowshoe, hiking, and walking trails with varying distances will be lit with hundreds of candles. When you need a break, stop by one of our roaring bonfires to warm up and roast a marshmallow. Fun for the whole family.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help support multiple activities before/during/after the event and help make this event a success. To ensure a high quality experience, pre-registration is required to volunteer. Check out the roster below to see what opportunities are available.

Thompson County Park

This charming 57-acre park provides a quiet get-a-way in the midst of the West St. Paul, Minnesota area. The park features a large picnic area that overlooks Thompson Lake and miles of wooded trails that connect to the North Urban Regional Trail — a trail system that links Thompson County Park to Kaposia Park in South St. Paul and to the Mississippi River Regional Trail.

Thompson County Park is also the home of the Dakota Lodge — a four-season event center that is perfect for weddings, reunions, meetings, banquets, retreats, parties and much more.

Thompson County Park: Trails By Candlelight - Jan. 14, 2022


Take a walk around the lake and through the woods by flickering candlelight at the Trails By Candlelight event at Thompson County Park in West St. Paul. A variety of snowshoe, hiking and walking trails with varying distances will be lit with hundreds of candles. When you need a break, stop by one of our crackling bonfires to warm up and roast a marshmallow. Fun for the whole family.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to help support multiple activities before/during/after the event and help make this event a success. To ensure a high quality experience, pre-registration is required to volunteer. Check out the roster below to see what opportunities are available.

 

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Dakota County’s newest park, 456-acre Whitetail Woods Regional Park, is located in Empire Township in the center of Dakota County, one mile north of the Vermillion River. The park is bordered by the Vermillion Highlands Modified Wildlife Management Area to the east and the Vermillion River Wildlife and Aquatic Management areas to the south. Privately owned property lies directly north of the park. The University of Minnesota’s UMORE Park is located to the northeast and east of the park.

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