Lake Byllesby Regional Park is nestled in the scenic Cannon River Valley on Lake Byllesby Reservoir, the largest lake in southern Dakota County. This park is a great recreation destination with hiking trails that meander through savannahs and prairies along the shores of Lake Byllesby.
This will be an event packed weekend filled with lots of fun activities. There is so much to do in this area and over this weekend that it'll be difficult to pick and choose.
Cost: $20 per tent or $40 to have only one tent on one campsite. The cost covers the reservation fee. There is a $20 cost to sign up and if sharing your tent you can collect money from your tentmates.
PLUS (if you want to participate in grilling/eating)
Cost: $7pp which includes cost for firewood, S’mores, bottled water, paper products for meals, charcoal and Saturday night grill food of chicken, hamburgers and/or bratwurst. This cost will be collected at some point during the weekend. **Please bring a dish to pass for Saturday nights grill-out.**
Two tents per campsite, with a total of 6 people per campsite. When signing up please indicate how many people will be staying in your tent, even if it is just “You.” That will allow me to make sure I assign campsites appropriately. At this time I’ve only reserved 2 campsites, but if there is a waiting list I can see about more campsites or people can make their own campsite reservations.
As of 5/9/13, there was one camper site left for this weekend. The camper sites go very quickly and are pretty much sold out for the summer. To make your own reservation go
Park info http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/parksTrails/LakeByllesby/Pages/default.aspx
Site 101: Sue, Lee Anne & Kevin (a different Kevin)
Site 103: Leah, Deano & Friend
Site 104: Kevin + friend & Kristin & husband
Site 108: Janet, Ione & OPENING
Site 109: Christina, Timm & Liz R-K + friend
Site 110: Dave & Greg
Site 111: Alec & Linda
Site 112: Keri & Ellen
Choice of Events:
Friday, August 2nd:
1:00-6:00pm: check in and set up your tent
8:30pm: Take a Night Hike around the park at dusk. This is a short 2 mile hike on the savannah and prairie lands.
Saturday, August 3rd:
9:00 am: Bike the Cannon Valley Trail. Wheel Pass required. Go all the way into Red Wing or stop at Welch Village. For more info: http://www.cannonvalleytrail.com/
9:00am: Canoe the Cannon River for 8 miles from Cannon Falls down to Miesville Ravine Park. For more info: http://www.cannonfallscanoeandbike.com/
9:00am-2:00pm: Golf at Cannon Falls or play tennis at Cannon Falls High School. (Make your own tee times and tennis schedule.)
2:00-6:00pm: Boating on Lake Byllesby. Water Volleyball (if we have enough people and a boat to get us out to the sand bar.
We have one boat available, but it needs a truck or something to tow it down. If anyone has a truck for use or a boat that they’d like to bring down for some water fun please feel free to do so. If we have enough people we can do some water volleyball in the middle of the lake. Don’t worry it’s safe, as there is a large sandbar out in the middle that works great for water volleyball.
6:30pm: Grill-out. **Please bring a dish to pass.**
Sunday, August 4th:
10:00am: Tube the Cannon River down to Welch Village. For more info: http://www.welchmillcanoeandtube.com/
12:00pm: Tents down and off campsite. If tubing please make sure your tent is down before leaving for tubing.