Parks & Recreation

County Parks Mission Statement: To positively affect the community by providing outdoor recreational opportunities while protecting and preserving the environment.

A photo of a boardwalk at Grams Park

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.

Reserve a County Picnic Shelter

Hunting is prohibited on all County-owned land, including tax-forfeited parcels, parks and trails.

Scene of people using parks and trails indicating the COVID-19 Social distancing rules.

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

  1. Great Northern Trail Alternates Summary

    Extending the Great Northern Trail! Read on...
  2. Oak Wilt Research

    There is a lack of comprehensive research concerning the modes of oak wilt infection specific to bur oaks and the possibility of intra- and cross-species root grafting. Read on...
  3. Help us continue planning for a new county park!

    Sherburne County is developing a master plan to obtain funding for a future park. 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! Read on...
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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.