Cleary Lake Regional Park Master Plan

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Scott County Parks and Trails and Three Rivers Park District are working to update the Cleary Lake Regional Park Master Plan. Factors given consideration during the master plan update process will include changes in demographics of park users and the surrounding communities, as well as evolution of recreation trends. The goal of the process is to develop a plan that provides a detailed vision to make Cleary as welcoming and relevant as possible for future park users.

The park, located just south of Prior Lake and Savage, includes the following amenities available in the spring, summer and fall: paved and natural surface trails, a nine-hole golf course, boat rentals, swimming beach, picnic areas, volleyball courts, paddling and fishing opportunities, camping, and rental pavilions. In the winter, the park offers trails (some groomed and lighted) for cross-country skiing, winter biking, skijoring, and snowshoeing. The park also offers a very popular dog park that is open year-round.

This project will guide the park’s development, including recreation, conservation, and stewardship plans, for the next 20 years.

Your opinion is important to us! Please click on the link below to view an interactive map of the park and post your comments directly on the map. If you'd like to leave a general comment about the park and how it can better serve our residents, please leave a comment in the Guest Book below.


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As the plan develops, more opportunities will be available to comment on future proposed additions or changes to the park’s amenities.

Scott County Parks and Trails and Three Rivers Park District are working to update the Cleary Lake Regional Park Master Plan. Factors given consideration during the master plan update process will include changes in demographics of park users and the surrounding communities, as well as evolution of recreation trends. The goal of the process is to develop a plan that provides a detailed vision to make Cleary as welcoming and relevant as possible for future park users.

The park, located just south of Prior Lake and Savage, includes the following amenities available in the spring, summer and fall: paved and natural surface trails, a nine-hole golf course, boat rentals, swimming beach, picnic areas, volleyball courts, paddling and fishing opportunities, camping, and rental pavilions. In the winter, the park offers trails (some groomed and lighted) for cross-country skiing, winter biking, skijoring, and snowshoeing. The park also offers a very popular dog park that is open year-round.

This project will guide the park’s development, including recreation, conservation, and stewardship plans, for the next 20 years.

Your opinion is important to us! Please click on the link below to view an interactive map of the park and post your comments directly on the map. If you'd like to leave a general comment about the park and how it can better serve our residents, please leave a comment in the Guest Book below.


View the Map


As the plan develops, more opportunities will be available to comment on future proposed additions or changes to the park’s amenities.

Cleary Lake Regional Park Master Plan Comments

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We have lived in Prior Lake for more than 45 years and have enjoyed this Park and it's facilities. Besides the hiking trails, golf course, and park areas that we have used since moving her we also snowmobile. We see the current snowmobile trail on the Master plan but cannot find any mention of it in the new master plan verbiage. This trail is the only snowmobile route available to travel to and from Prior Lake to the Savage and Lakeville areas. Our trails organization and Three Rivers Parks have a very great working relationship and we really hope that it will continue, and that snowmobiling will always be a part of this Park.

Terry Hutchinson about 15 hours ago

I heard that the Snowmobile trail has been there in Cleary Lake for over 50 years and is Vital link in the trail system. I didn't see anything mentioned about this trail anywhere but does show up on the map. The Scott County 2040 Master Plan states snowmobiling will likely remain strong through 2040 and in 2017 there were 3875 registered snowmobiles in Scott County and 4256 to people who identified as riding primarily in Scott County. Thank You

Tom Wills about 17 hours ago

There are a lot of good suggestions, I would like to see the snowmobile trails that already exist through Cleary Lake Park remain part of the parks trail system. Prior Lake is a "snowmobile friendly community" and that trail is a vital corridor to the trail system in this area. It's just a wider non-paved path that gets a little more use during the winter time. I'm not sure if it is or not part of the non-paved system going through the park already, but I think it could be integrated with that system in some manner.Thanks for letting us give some feedback on concerns about the park!

G Gertner 1 day ago

I’m disabled and I would also like a separate bike path. The pavement is smooth and easy to push/ride on path. It’s my favorite park.

Susie Cates 13 days ago

There are many excellent suggestions. I love hiking the non-paved paths. Please keep them just how they are! It would be great if there could be some preventative measures taken regarding the geese on the beach. Swimming and walking in goose poop clay is less than ideal. Also, a better playground would be fantastic. Thank you for your consideration from the people that love Cleary!

mplsgrl2004 13 days ago

Nordic trail snowmaking would be great. It seems the cross country ski community has outgrown Hyland.

KeevanS 14 days ago

Sometimes I like to just hike a small section of the trail, and prefer less crowds. The access points/trails into the park on CR87 are great for this, and I love having them.But perhaps consider adding a couple of small "parallel" parking spots at these access points. Not many, just a couple at each access point, assuming the County would actually allow it, since it is off of CR87...(Currently people just park in the dirt, which is fine, but it would be nice to have actual spots)

ScottK 14 days ago

Maintain the 3 "off the paved trail" trails during summer. This might have changed since I have hiked them a couple years ago, but during the summer months, those 3 extra trails into the woods are awesome, but I recall some were fenced off/not mowed/not maintained. I don't believe they should be paved, and in fact, I would be against paving them, but just running a mower through there once a week would be fine.

ScottK 14 days ago

I will 2nd (or 3rd) the request for some sort of parallel biking paths along the hiking paths. As someone who bikes around the lake on the path, yelling out "On your left" over and over gets tiresome.

ScottK 14 days ago

I know there has been talk in the past about expanding the golf course to 18 holes, in some of the unused areas of the park. Please don't do this. There are plenty of golf courses around already, and I would hate to see all the trees pulled down to make way for it.

ScottK 14 days ago

I'd love to see snowmaking on the nordic trails. Take some pressure off Hyland. I agree with both separated bike path, and interconnecting with other trails. The repair stand donated by the Great Scott Cycling club was put in a stupid location. That should be up front near the visitor center. People take bikes off the car and want to top off the tires. Not halfway around.

bbharries about 1 month ago

much of the park is in need of a tree planting strategy along the lines of an arboretum. lets get some interesting trees planted to expand the interest of the park beyond paths and the lake.

kilmihil about 2 months ago

Having previously lived in the northwest metro, I’ve been able to enjoy an amazing network of trails connecting wonderful Three Rivers Parks like Elm Creek, Mississippi Gateway, Fish Lake, French and many more local trail systems. After moving to Scott County I’ve been very disappointed in how fragmented the park and trail system is. I think the biggest opportunity for Cleary is to improve connections to the community and parks surrounding it. There has been significant residential development north of the park but there is no direct access from the north. A trail along Texas avenue leading to the park between 158th Street to Eagle Creak Ave would be a huge win and improve connectivity to Murphy-Hanrehan. Texas Ave. barely has a shoulder, making for a very dangerous approach to the park.

Tom S 2 months ago

My husband and I ride bikes often at Cleary Lake. As the population of Credit River Township has grown so has the park use. It is difficult to ride around walkers and dogs on leashes that frequently are across the path from their owners. We would love to see a separate path added for bikers and rollerbladers to provide much needed safety for bikers/rollerbladers from walkers.

KAC 3 months ago

It would be my dream to have ALL the Scott county and neighboring parks all joined together via paved trails so you can run from one to the next.

Theresa K 3 months ago

I suggest adding signage to make the paved trail around the lake unidirectional, with foot traffic advised to keep to the right. During busy times, faster traffic (bikers and roller bladers) must frequently slow or stop when there's pedestrian traffic on both sides of the trail and no room to pass. I've also seen near head-on collisions where bikers traveling in opposite directions pass foot traffic and enter each other's lanes without good visibility around blind curves. Making the trail unidirectional could improve safety for all.

cc213t 3 months ago

Forgive me if this is already implemented, but I’d love to see a “bike only” lane along the trails.

samanthab1787 3 months ago

A big playground (like at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park or Cottage Grove's Woodridge Park) would be great!

SJ 3 months ago

Love this park! Enjoy walking/biking the trails. My only concern for it is there is quite a lot of fallen trees along the trails, and I am concerned that fires that could possibly start ruining this beautiful park.

Jewel 4 months ago