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The shelters at the various parks all have electric and should seat approximately:
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Checkerboard County Park - 38990 Keystone Ave - North BranchDennis Frandsen County Park - 1331 North Lake Dr - BrahamFish Lake County Park - 43308 Elmcrest Ave - HarrisKi-Chi-Saga County Park - 29061 Glader Blvd - LindstromKost Dam County Park - 11535 Kost Trail - North Branch
County Parks are open to the public. You are permitted to reserve a shelter area or a campsite.
Shelter Reservation Cost:
Weekday and Non-Holiday:
All shelters have a large group grill near them. The shelter at Kost Dam County Park has a standard grill adjacent to it.
Special arrangements will be made to get you a key. You will need to have a designated person responsible to open and close the restrooms for your group.
Restrooms at Checkerboard County Park, Dennis Frandsen County Park and Kost Dam County Park will be open for use and no special arrangements are necessary.
To reserve a park shelter, please use our Online Reservation Process.
When the County has received payment by cash, check or credit card we will send you a confirmation and posting.
Yes, if you plan on having several participants and/or activities outside the park shelter area such as: fishing contest, tournaments, films, multiple canopies, or tents.
Please see the Regulations Page of the Special Use Permit (PDF) and Regulations Page of the Large Event Special Use Permit (PDF) to see if your activity requires more than just a Park Shelter Reservation.
Please contact the Parks Office by calling 651-213-8960 if you are unsure.
Yes. If you cancel the shelter reservation four (4) weeks prior to your event you will receive a 50% refund.
If you walk-in or bike-in there is no fee to use a County Park.
However, all vehicles entering Fish Lake County Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays require a permit from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Vehicle permits are NOT required at Checkerboard County Park, Dennis Frandsen County Park, Ki-Chi-Saga County Park, or Kost Dam County Park.
A posting will be displayed on the shelter that you reserved. You will need to bring your copy of the posting to replace it should someone inadvertently remove it before you arrive.
IF PARK STAFF ARE ON DUTY: Let them know and they will alert the park guests that the shelter has been reserved for the day by others.
IF PARK STAFF ARE NOT ON DUTY: It will be important that you have brought a copy of your shelter reservation posting. You will need to show them the posting with matching date and correct park identified on it. You will need to inform them that your group has paid and reserved the shelter for the day and are planning to set-up for your event. Ask them to please remove their belongings from the shelter area until you are finished.
Fish Lake County Park has a boat landing. All other County Parks have carry-in access only.
Drones are permitted in County Parks at this time. However, the owners must follow FAA regulations and they cannot be used over busy park areas. If open field areas are available drone use is permitted.
There is an honor box. You need to place your payment in an envelope and then place the green slip on your window.
All vehicles entering Fish Lake County Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays require a permit from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Yes. A season pass is $20 and is good for one (1) season (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) at Fish Lake County Park.
You will need to contact the Parks Office by calling 651-213-8960 to request special approval on any large tents.
Another consideration is anticipated parking availability, if park management believes there will be no parking due to other large scheduled events, tents would not be permitted.
Depending on availability, other County Parks with shelters are:
You can also check with nearby cities regarding their parks.
You can mail a donation to the Chisago County Parks & Trails Office at 313 N Main St, Suite 240, Center City, MN 55012. Please include your name and address so proper recognition and acknowledgement can be provided back to you.
Contact Park Director Joseph Tart by emailing County Parks or by calling 651-213-8960. You can call 24/7 and leave a message at the office if there is no answer. The Park Director will return your email or phone call at the first available opportunity.