Parks & Recreation
Help us continue planning for a new county park!
Sherburne County is developing a master plan to obtain funding for a future park. Take a virtual tour of the site! The 430-acre potential park property features over a mile of shoreline along Big Elk Lake. As we consider what the park could include, we want to hear from you! Several have weighed in with their thoughts.
Please let us know what you think either by:
- We’d love to hear your thoughts as well! If you would like meeting details to be sent to you and receive updates on future opportunities to weight in please sign up for our email list here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SherburneCoParkUpdates
- 60 people joined us Saturday, January 30th for a masked and socially-distanced outdoor open house on Big Elk Lake. Participants visited several stations on the lake to view the property and visualize potential park improvements. Click here to view a summary of input gathered at event.
- 147 people participated in an online survey and 179 people visited our online engagement platform for the first round of public engagement. Click Here Review Survey Results Summary
Read more about the project in the recent St. Cloud Times Article.
For your safety the Sherburne County Parks & Recreation Department encourages you to take advantage of trails and open space in the park to maintain safe social distancing.
Please observe the Center for Disease Control guidelines for social distancing while enjoying the park
County Parks Mission Statement: To positively affect the community by providing outdoor recreational opportunities while protecting and preserving the environment.
Sherburne County is home to thousands of acres of unique recreational land, including County, City and Township Parks, wildlife management areas, scientific and natural areas and public trails. The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Sand Dunes State Forest are top destinations for nature-based recreation.
Hunting is prohibited on all County-owned land, including tax-forfeited parcels, parks and trails.
Spring has Sprung and Ticks are Out!
We hope you are taking every opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy your Sherburne County Parks! We want you to be safe too. Avoiding ticks doesn’t mean avoiding the outdoors and all the benefits.
Please check out “Tips for Ticks” and start practicing these easy steps to protect you and your family.
Integrated Pest Management for Invasive Species Underway
Under the MN Noxious Weed Law (MN Statutes, sections 18.75 to 18.91), Sherburne County is required to control species on the regulated list, including noxious and specially regulated plants.
Spot applications of herbicide will be conducted by a contracted licensed pesticide applicator. Chemicals to be used are labeled safe for re-entry upon being dry.
Signs will be posted to notify park visitors of application. Visitors are encouraged to stay on mowed and gravel trails.