With nearly 2000 acres of land, Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in the Dakota County park system. Visitors can enjoy miles of trails, lakes, outdoor sports, and environmental programs. There is no fee to enter the park or take advantage of the recreational opportunities. Highlights within the park include two trails, a visitor center, a campground and a beach. In the winter, the county maintains ski trails.
Lebanon Hills Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is open daily, 9am-5pm and until 7pm on Fridays. The first Friday of the month a free family program is hosted at 7pm and meets at the center. During the summer, the hours are extended through 8pm. Park guests can also pick up trail information here, rent equipment, and warm up at the fire on cold days. There is a small kids learning nook and other interactive displays.
The building is open many holidays as well, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Schulze Lake Beach
Schulze Lake's sandy beach and clear water make it great for a family swim and an entry on our Top 20 Twin Cities Beaches. It is open daily, 10am-8pm, Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day. There is no charge to swim or to park in the lot. Beach facilities include a bath house, picnic area with grills, access to hiking trails and rentals for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. The beach is conveniently located next to the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center. (Map and driving directions).
There are no lifeguards on duty; please swim within the designated buoyed area.
10 Ideas for Summer Family Fun at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
- Canoe, Kayak or Paddleboard. Rentals are available during the summer season.
- Hike. The park offers over 14 miles of trails. Feel free to bring your leashed dog. Print a map before you head out.
- Dine outside with a picnic from home.
- Go Fishing. The Minnesota DNR lists Holland and McDonough as "FiN" lakes - ideal for beginning fisherman.
- Try Geocaching. The visitor's center loans free equipment and you can find cache coordinates listed on www.geocaching.com.
- Let the kids run on the playground (near the Jensen Lake Trailhead), while you stretch out on your hammock with a lemonade and a good book. Many Twin Cities parks, including Lebanon Hills, allow the use of personal hammocks.
- Bring your off-road bikes to ride the mountain bike trails.
- Attend a nature education program. Anne recommends the Forever Wild Family Friday events held on first Fridays.
- Swim at the unguarded beach.
- Camp Nearby. Get the whole camping experience without leaving the Twin Cities. Campsites can be booked here.
Winter Family Fun at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Lebanon Hills offers plenty of outdoor fun year round. Winter activities include:
- Ice Skating
- Ice fishing - Schultz lake is recommended for ice fishing.