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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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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Cleary Lake Regional Park Master Plan Comments

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I would love to see cross country ski trails with snow making at Cleary Lake.
The snow making trails at Hyland and Elm Creek have been such a success, but are often busy and skiers (individuals, families, schools, teams) need a place with reliable snow in the South metro in addition to Hyland.

I paved outer loop around the park for biking, walking, running, roller-skiing, would be awesome as well, in order to make the trail system more usable in the summer and keep users off of busy/dangerous roads.

Zach 4 days ago

With the lack of snow lately we really need another park with snowmaking for xc skiing. Hyland and Theodore Wirth are very very busy and would be nice to have something south of the river. The trails are well kept and great for beginners or for going easy. Frustrating when there are walkers on the ski trails since we have such a short ski season.

Heidi 4 days ago

Cleary is a wonderful park, glad to hear it's future is being carefully considered. A couple thoughts: New single track mountain bike trail that could be groomed for a single or double classic XC ski trail in winter. Additional paved walking/biking loop. Retain snowmobile trail on North side of park as it connects other Scott county trails to city of Prior Lake. Surrounding roads are very dangerous for foot/bike traffic, perhaps doing a paved loop around the park just inside the exterior boundary. Would add significant mileage to trail system while not chewing up interior greenspace. I would be curious to see statistics if golf course usage justifies large land use and expense vs other uses. Snow making on XC trails sounds interesting, but would be worried trail/park infrastructure would be overwhelmed. Hyland is a complete zoo of people and busses, is that desirable at Cleary? -Thank you

Dave M 4 days ago

Be great if you could add snowmaking for xc skiing! Nice easy loops exist for new or novice skiers. With snowmaking you can help ensure greater usage, better ski lesson potential, and a prolonged season.

Tim D 4 days ago

Snowmaking and fatbike trails in winter, singletrack in summer. Better kayak access.
Separate pavement into walking and wheeled trails.

Dale V 7 days ago

With increased usage, making paved multi-use trail one-way might be good idea. Would like to see a fat-bike/summer unpaved bike trail. Most of the unpaved summer hiking ski-trails are very underused and perhaps could be an option. Northwest access trail at Revere/Eagle Creek Ave/170th St is sorely in need of a redo for traffic, bike and pedestrian safety.

Dave P 28 days ago

LOVE the park - I am a 25 year user from Prior Lake. I bike and golf in summer, walk year round, ski and snowshoe in winter. My biggest concern: I would like to see important improvements to water access. Like others have said, the water access for personal kayaks, canoes and paddle boards is way too limited now. The boat launch across from the beach is poor and needs a complete overhaul, including widening the access along with a sandy bottom from which to enter the water on foot/small craft, just like the beach area currently at boat rental area (which I have been scolded by staff to not use my first and only time early morning when no one was around! really? )

Lynne 3 months ago

I would like to see greater sustainability efforts at Cleary Lake. At a minimum, there should be recycling receptacles outside the visitor center, throughout the picnic areas and in the campgrounds. It would also be great if the park supported and promoted Scott County's newer organics recycling initiative and offered organics recycling. Considering the mission of Three Rivers is to "promote environmental stewardship" it's disappointing that Cleary and other area Three Rivers Parks lack even basic recycling.

It would also be great if Three Rivers lowered the cost for EV charging. The current rate is over 3x what I pay to charge at home, which I think explains why the EV charging spots are almost always open. If this was a quick charge station, you could get by charging a higher rate, but not for a Level 2 charger like this which many businesses and organizations like Dakota County Parks provide for free.

Tom S 4 months ago

I've been xc Nordic skiing in Cleary Park since 1980. It's my favorite place to ski. There were two tracked ski tracks available so two people could ski side by side or have one person going faster and the other going more slowly without changing tracks. About a dozen years ago that all changed with widening the trail to accommodate ski skaters. One of the Nordic tracks was taken away. Now there's just one Nordic track. It has totally changed the experience. Ski skaters often cross over the Nordic track and mess up the one good track. Ski skaters need about 7 or 8 feet to ski with one person. Nordic skiers need half that for two skaters.

I request that this Master Plan include areas that are just for a double tracked Nordic ski trail. There are large areas of the park that are unused that could be developed. Those new trails could also be used for hiking in the summer.
A second request is for snow making capability at Cleary. We often have ski trails that are unusable because of lack of snow. Thank you. Please contact me. I'd like to visit a meeting.

Barbara M 4 months ago

We love skiing and hiking at Cleary Lake. We'd like to have car camping options.

Jim MB 4 months ago

There needs to be access to the park and trails from the south near the dog park off County 68. Currently access is prohibited on the road by the maintenance area. There are considerable neighborhoods to the south and folks there must either drive to the park or brave the narrow and dangerous county roads on foot or bicycle to the main entrance.

John B 4 months ago

Please create a safer paved trail. Bicyclist and rollerbladers do not abide by the signaling requirement when passing and they also go very fast.

Please keep the back hiking trails open during the summer.

Dave 5 months ago

I have run around it a couple times a week for many years as a marathon runner. I’ve got to know several familiar faces of runners and bikers. It is one of the few places we can get out for safe miles for training. Navigating around strollers and dogs either on long leads or not on a leash at all can be a problem at times. My two favorites are the water fountains and the nature there, but wish it was easier for people working out and people out with families to share the space.

Spencer 5 months ago

Have more restoration events: reduce the Buck Thorn!
Consider adding an education wing/barn & house a herd of goats (for both education & restoration use throughout Three Rivers Parks)
Continue to increase the rain gardens to improve water quality in Cleary Lake.

Lori 5 months ago

Great place for party's and family gatherings.

Al 5 months ago

The walking path is great. I wish it wasn’t so crowded with fast moving wheels. Is there a way to accommodate all of us with more space?

Jay Kay 5 months ago

Please do not make too many changes. Do not add pickle ball courts or anything for which reservations are needed. I would not allow large RV's or MORE RV's if they are already allowed. The park is beautiful the way it is and more attractions will increase traffic and possibly cause parking problems. Improvement of playground equipment would be helpful. I do agree with making the trail around the lake divided for bikes and walkers, i.e. each should stay on one side of the trail. I would like a couple of dog drinking fountains around the lake if possible. Thank you.

JulieK 5 months ago

I wish that some of the trails around Cleary could be used for horses!

I dont have one 5 months ago

Tennis courts are needed. Prior Lake has only 2 public courts often used by pickleball players. 6 courts at Cleary would be great.

sp 5 months ago

-An expanded play area (like French Regional)
-A single track with bike playground (like Carver Lake Park in Woodbury)
-Play areas pit-stops around the lake (like Rice Lake park in PL).

FL 5 months ago
Page last updated: 18 October 2021, 07:22