Covid-19 | Anoka County Parks

Stay Safe In The Parks, What is currently open?

Anoka County Parks Updates

At Anoka County Parks, the health and safety of our park guests and team members are our top priorities. We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are prepared to make adjustments as needed to ensure we are following the most up to date guidelines from the state, county, and federal agencies. 

Below is important information about our operations and offerings.

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  1. What is currently open? 

    Parks and Trails - Please follow the 6-foot social distancing requirements when in the Parks.
    Playgrounds - Playground surfaces cannot be effectively sanitized. Social distancing must be observed. Play with household members only.
    Chomonix Golf Course - New social distancing guidelines have been implemented. 
    Swimming Beaches - Swimming buoys are in place for public safety. Practice social distancing and avoid gathering in groups. Beach capacity is being monitored and capacity limits enforced.
    Gatehouses - Schedules vary. Vehicle entry permits can also be purchased at the park entry honor box for daily permits using cash ($6/per day) or online or by phone 763-324-3300 for an annual permit ($30).
    Restrooms - Cleaned 3 times per day. Single occupancy, unisex restrooms with flush toilets and running water are available at the following locations:
    Bunker Hills Regional Park - Pavilion #3/Playground Area (2), Pavilion #4/#5 Area (2)
    Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park - Pavilion #3/Playground Area (2)
    Coon Lake County Park - Beach (3)
    Lake George Regional Park - Beach (2)
    Rice Creek Chain of Lakes - Centerville Beach (3)
    Riverfront Regional Park - Pavilion #2/Disc Golf (1)
    Recreation Amenities - Archery(outdoors), Boat Launches, Dog Parks, Disc Golf, Fishing Piers, Horseback Riding
    Canoe and Kayak Rental 


  2. What is closed at this time?


    Bunker Beach Water Park - Will remain closed for the 2020 season.
    Park Buildings 

  3. Can we go camping? 

    Yes you can! We are accepting reservations, but please review the guidelines and changes below prior to booking.

    The State of Minnesota provided new campground guidelines that allow for our campgrounds to open beginning June 1. To meet these guidelines, with the focus of the health of our guests and staff as the top priority, we have made changes to the operations of our campgrounds to encourage social distancing and decrease face-to-face interaction.

    Reservation Changes

    • All reservations must be done by phone or online.
    • Check out time will be changed from 1 PM to 12 PM to allow additional time between site occupancy. No early check-in will be allowed.
    • Guests will need to complete their registration card online (Bunker Hills, Rice Creek) prior to arrival.
    • To ensure Camper Cabins can be disinfected properly and have sufficient time between occupancy, one reservation group will be allowed per cabin, per weekend (Thursday – Sunday). Camper cabin reservations are available by phone only.
    • To allow for proper social distancing between campsites, some campsites will be closed.
    • The group campsites will only be allowed to host one household at a time of up to 10 people.

    We will contact anyone with a reservation impacted by these changes to adjust, reschedule or cancel your reservation.

    Campsite information

    • Only members in the same household can camp at a site.
    • No gathering between sites (pulling together picnic tables, sitting around a shared campfire, etc).
    • No guests are allowed; only registered campers can be in the campground.
    • When you arrive, proceed directly to your site. You no longer need to check-in at the visitor center.
    • Outdoor surfaces and amenities cannot be effectively sanitized. Plan to provide your own table coverings, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer for personal use.

    Restrooms & Facility Information

    • Bathrooms and shower buildings will be cleaned at least 3 times a day. Restrooms will be converted to single-unit, unisex facilities — pay attention to signage.
    • Self-contained camping units should limit use of public restroom and shower facilities.
    • Limit time in restrooms and showers to reduce wait times
    • RV fill and dump stations will be open.
    • Jug fillers will be available; drinking fountains will not be.
    • Firewood and fire starters will be available for purchase when the visitor center is open (credit card only).

    General Reminders

    • Campground hosts are available after visitor center hours for assistance/emergencies. Purchases can only be done during staffed visitor center hours.
    • All campground users should have a mask in case of the need to use an emergency shelter that does not allow for social distancing.
    • Remember to keep 6 feet between yourself and others.
    • If you are sick or experiencing respiratory symptoms, do not come camping. Full refunds will be given for reservations canceled ahead of time.
    • For Park system information and other operational information regarding our Covid-19 response, visit the website at www.anokacountyparks.com.
    • The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has provided the following guidelines to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

    If you would like to cancel, adjust, or have questions regarding your reservation, contact the Parks Office at anokacountyparks@co.anoka.mn.us or 763-324-3300.



  4. Can I reserve a Picnic Pavilion?


    Under the current guidelines, Outdoor Pavilion Reservations are being allowed in our parks after June 18 for groups up to 25 individuals (including children). It is unknown whether the capacity limits may change for events later in the summer, however, we will continue to monitor new information from the State of Minnesota.

    If you decide to make a reservation, a rental agreement must be returned to the parks office prior to your event. Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

    • All guests using the space (pavilion and grounds) during the designated time will adhere to the CDC/MDH and Stay Safe Minnesota guidelines (https://staysafe.mn.gov) as required by the Governor’s Executive Order(s). 
    • Capacity is limited to 25 people or less assuming that 6 feet of social distancing is maintained.
    • The County reserves the right to cancel or terminate any event or gathering, without refund, where it is observed that persons are not adhering to the state guidelines for distancing and/or capacity requirements.
    • All guests are strongly encouraged to wear protective/cloth face masks.
    • While pavilions will be cleaned prior to arrival, outdoor surfaces and amenities cannot be effectively sanitized. Plan to provide your own table coverings, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer for personal use.
  5. Are you offering public programs and camps?

    Currently all in-person public programming has been cancelled. We are working towards adding limited in-person outdoor-based programming.

    You can still stay connected to the Parks through virtual programming. Virtual Parks offer you new ways to explore and learn from our naturalists. Weekly programs including story time, animal superpowers, puppet shows, art projects, and more.

    Summer camps for the 2020 season are happening - virtually!
    Thanks to a new grant from Connexus Energy, all virtual camps are FREE. 

    Updates will be added to this page as they become available. Call 763-324-3350 for more information.
  6. How can I practice social distancing in the Parks?

    Spread out – keep distance from other park guests while on trails or in open areas.

    Refrain from gathering in groups - Participate in recreation activities with members of your own household.

    Avoid visiting the parks if you are not feeling well or are displaying symptoms consistent with a respiratory disease.

    Additional information can be found at the Center for Disease Control Guidance for Park Visitors.

    Outdoor surfaces and amenities cannot be effectively sanitized. If needed, plan to provide your own table coverings, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer for personal use.
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