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Carver Park Reserve, Victoria

7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386, United States
763.694.7650 (Lowry Nature Center)
Admission: $0.00
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Situated on the western edge of the Twin Cities in Victoria, Carver Park Reserve is home to the Lowry Nature Center, Grimm Farm Historic Site and King Waterbird Sanctuary. (It should not be confused with Carver Lake Park, which is an hour away on the other side of the metro area.)

Visitors may spot Trumpeter Swans, osprey, mink, white-tailed deer, barred owls and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds. Year-round, visitors can explore activities that take advantage of our winding trails, rolling wooded terrain and interconnected lakes and marshes.

Grimm Farm Historic Site

The farmhouse is open for free tours during summer Saturdays, 1-4pm. Costumed interpreters will talk with you about the importance of the farming family who once lived there and engage kids in living history.

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Grimm Farm Historic Site (Image courtesy Three Rivers Park District)

Family Archery at Grimm Farm Historic Site

Carver is one of the Three Rivers parks that offers family archery programs. Skilled instructors aid families in learning the basics of shooting safely and accurately using fun games. The range includes stationary targets and an elevated platform. Equipment provided for this program.

Youth 15 and younger are free, but need to be chaperoned by a paying adult. Archery passes are $6 daily and $35 annually.

Carver Park Reserve

Carver Park Reserve Archery - Image Courtesy Three Rivers Parks

Want more archery ideas? Here is a list of local archery ranges.

Trumpeter Swans at Carver Park Reserve

Carver Park Reserve participates in the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project. 

Carver participates in the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project. 

Carver is among the Three Rivers Parks participating in the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project. This program was begun 1966 with one pair of swans and has grown to over 12,000 birds. The Trumpeter Swan Societyformed in 1968, works to support this project. Nesting swans can be currently found in this park and others throughout Hennepin, Wright, Carver, and Ramsey counties. Three Rivers reminds park visitors to follow park ordinances, remain on designated trails, give these wild birds ample space, and do not feed the wild animals.

Camping at Carver Park Reserve

Lake Auburn Campground has 57 rustic campsites on the shores of the lake and offers swimming, a play area, pan fishing, and trails for hiking and biking. There’s a first-come, first-served, “bike-in” campsite and it's near enough to Lowry Nature Center to participate in programming while you camp. Book a site online or by calling 763-559-6700.

Lowry Nature Center is in Carver Park Reserve

Click here to learn more about Lowry Nature Center



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