Contact & About Information
The mission of Olmsted County Parks is to foster an appreciation of the natural world through environmental education, natural resource management, and public participation in the stewardship of our park lands.
Learning life-long lessons in natural places.
View our video of Chester Woods Park below
The following document consist of various elements including tests, tables, graphs, etc. To view them or if you need assistance interpreting them, please contact Olmsted County Parks Department at 507-328-7070.
Chester Woods Park is located on the headwaters of Bear Creek in the rugged bluff country of Southeastern Minnesota. There are approximately 15 miles of primitive trails winding through a variety of inviting natural habitats in the undeveloped areas of the park. A mile long hard surfaced trail links the campground, boat launch, fishing pier, and picnic areas. Motor vehicles and bicycles are restricted to improved roads and designated trails only.
Chester Woods Park was purchased from private developers to assist in the flood control project for the City of Rochester, Chester Woods was finished in late 1994. Federal funding was used in the construction of the park and dam. Total cost of the project was approximately $5,000,000.
Flora and Fauna: Whitetail Deer, Wild Turkeys and Remnant Communities of native prairie plants are scattered throughout the park. These remnants are managed to reduce invasion by other species and encourage propagation of the prairie.
Daily Park Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Swimming Beach
- Boat launch and fishing
- Water equipment rentals
- 16 miles of hiking trails
- 5 miles of groomed trails for cross-county skiing or fat tire biking
- 7 picnic areas
- 50-unit campground and restrooms with showers
- Many native plant and animal species
Mobility Access to Chester Woods
Are mobility issues keeping you from enjoying Chester Woods Park? We have a trac chair available for check out if you have mobility issues. This would allow you to enjoy Chester Woods Park and all it has to offer. Please call the park to reserve.