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Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove

12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369, United States
763.694.7894
Admission: $0.00
Fees Apply to Some Programs, disc golf, and use of thebeach
Concessions Available
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
Details:

At 4,900 acres, Elm Creek Park Reserve is the largest of Three Rivers' parks. This park features amenities for almost every outdoor activity, including the Winter Recreation Area, Eastman Nature Center, miles of hiking and biking trails, a swimming pond, a huge playground and much more. Elm Creek is also home to a variety of wildlife such as eagles, sandhill cranes, deer, bluebirds, beavers, loons, Trumpeter Swans and hawks.

Swimming at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Elm Creek Swimming Pond offers a mix of pool and lake with filtered, chlorinated water and a sandy beach and bottom. Giant beach umbrellas provide shade. Other amenities include a changing shelter, concessions and bathroom facilities. A pass is required for ages 1 year and older. The pond is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. However, Lifeguards are only on duty at specified times. Passes are required for everyone over the age of 1 and cost $5.00 per person for a daily pass or $18 per person for a seasonal pass.

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Disc Golf at Elm Creek Park Reserve

One of three pay-disc golf courses in the Three Rivers district, Elm Creek's 18-hole golf course starts at the chalet and follows the cross-country ski trails, tubing hill and terrain park. The course features two par-4 holes and offers championship-calibre holes that demand distance as well as accuracy. Availability is dependent on the weather and the condition of the course. The cost of disc golf is $6/round or $45/season. If you are looking for a place to play free, check out Hyland Visitor Center or Lake Minnetonka Regional Park.

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Family Archery at Elm Creek Park Reserve

This park is one of several that offers family archery programs. Skilled instructors teach families the basics of shooting safely and accurately. Range includes stationary targets and elevated platform. The program includes fun games for testing skills. Equipment provided.

The 30-acre archery range is on the northwest side of the park and can be used outside of special programs with the purchase of an Archery Pass at $6/day or $35/year. Supervised children may attend for free and do not need a pass. 

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Trumpeter Swans at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Three Rivers Park District launched the Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Project in 1966 and in 1968 the Trumpeter Swan Society was formed. Beginning with a single pair of swans, Minnesota now boasts over 12,000 birds. Elm Creek is one park where these birds build nests and raise their young. You may just catch site of Swans while visiting the park.  However, Three Rivers asks park visitors to respect both the Trumpeter Swans and the park habitat by following all park ordinances, remaining on designated trails, not getting too close to the birds, and avoid feeding them.

Trumpeter Swans at Elm Creek Park Reserve

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