Wood Lake Nature Center

Following the safety guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to slow the spread of COVID-19, all recreation facilities are closed and all in-person, staff-led programming is suspended until further notice. Walking trails at Wood Lake Nature Center will remain open. Please refer to the main Wood Lake Nature Center page for announcements about self-guided and virtual programming.

6710 Lake Shore Drive (street map)
Richfield, MN 55423woodlake feet - Copy

Office Hours
Not Currently Open 

Park Hours
Daily: Sunrise to 11:00 pm

Current Trail Conditions/Rental Status: As of January 15, 2021
All trails are open for walking, skiing, and snowshoeing. The ski trail is in poor condition after the recent rain.  Expect slushy and icy conditions. Snowshoe/hiking trails are in fair condition, expect slushy and icy conditions. Ski rentals have been suspended.  Snowshoe rentals are open.  Rental reservations can be made online at www.richfieldmn.gov/onlineregistration (search “ski” or “snowshoe”).  

Current Programs & Events

Wood Lake Nature Center will be closed on Monday January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Trails will remain open.  Trail conditions are listed on the ski and snowshoe trail and rental information tab.

Wood Lake has a variety of programs and events throughout the year for people of any age.  All in-person and Naturalist-led programming has been cancelled through December 18. Check back for updated information on our Programs and Events Page.

View the current listing of Wood Lake programs and events.
Wood Lake Oct Nov 2020 Program Flyer
Plan Your Visit
Wood Lake has over two miles of crushed limestone walking trails, floating boardwalk, and groomed cross-country ski trails (weather-permitting).  See Wood Lake's trail map for distances and more information.  Check out our Things To Do page to find out all the fun things there is to do during your visit at Wood Lake!

Environmental Education
Since 1971, the K-6 Richfield Public School students have visited Wood Lake three times a year as part of their regular science curriculum  This partnership is made possible by the annual Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K. To plan a guided field trip with a naturalist, visit our Field Trips and Education page for more information or call 612-861-9365 to book a field trip. 

Please keep our park healthy and welcoming to all wildlife and people by observing these guidelines:

  • Service Dogs Happily Welcome- Check out the list of Richfield Parks that are dog friendly here and the new Richfield dog park at Roosevelt Park!
  • No bikes inside the park
  • Stay on the trails
  • Observe park signs
  • Dispose of trash and recycling properly
  • No picking of plants

  • Parking includes 4 accessible parking spots close to the ramp that leads to the nature center
  • Parking lot is bordered by a sidewalk with 3 curb cut outs close to ramp entrance and 2 gate entrances
  • Automatic door opener at main entrance
  • ADA-compliant drinking fountain
  • Boardwalk trail is combination of paved and crushed limestone
  • Two amphitheaters on the property are accessible
  • Accessible dock close to the nature center
  • Accessible picnic tables are available in the Emily Day Picnic Pavilion, the gateway picnic area by the parking lot,  and by the pollinator garden near the nature center building.
  • For specific accommodations, please contact 612-861-9365 with advanced notice