Family recreation at Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park includes a guarded beach, a playground, over 5 miles of walking trails and fishing. In the winter, this park has a designated sledding hill north of the picnic pavilion in the Snail Lake section of the park.
Vadnais-Snail Lakes Beach
Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park has a guarded beach with a concession stand. The beach season begins mid-June and continues until Labor Day. Lifeguards are scheduled daily between noon and 8:00 p.m., however, Ramsey County will close beaches for weather, low attendance or other safety reasons. Lifeguard services end in late August. Buoys will remain in place and beach-goers are welcome to swim.
After five years of closures due to flooding, the beach officially re-opened during the summer of 2020. The beach has been re-developed to address flooding issues.
Sledding at Snail Lake Park
In the winter, Ramsey County Parks maintains a designated sledding hill. Anne warns this is not a wimpy hill. Perhaps it is best for bigger kids. Park in the Snail Lake parking lot for easy access. Find more places to sled in the Twin Cities here: Twin Cities Guide to the Best Sledding Hills.
Dogs at The Park
Leashed pets are allowed at Ramsey County Parks, but not in the beach or picnic areas. Vadnais-Snail Lakes Park offers walking trails where families can hike with their dogs.
Birthday Parties at Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park
This park has two structures that can be rented for birthday parties. The pavilion has a capacity for 200 and includes four grills, a kitchen and a pig roasting area that can be rented for an additional fee. The shelter holds 50 people and includes a grill.
More Birthday Party Ideas: Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids: Party in the Park