6710 Lake Shore Drive (street map)
Richfield, MN 55423
Monday-Saturday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm
Daily: Sunrise to 11:00 pm
Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rental
Cross-country ski and snowshoe rental is available at Wood Lake Nature Center. Friday Night Luminary-Lit Trails are on Fridays, 6:00-8:00 pm. January 23: just snowshoe trails will be lit, not ski trails. There will ski rental. COMPLETE SKI/SNOWSHOE INFO
Online Registration for Programs & Events
Register online for Wood Lake camps! Click above, choose Browse Activities, and find programs by Activity Type.
Recreation Program Guide
Programs and Events
Seasonal Program Brochure
Printed three times/year: Winter, Spring/Summer, and Fall.
Wood Lake has a variety of programs and events throughout the year for people of any age. Browse through the Wood Lake Program Guide for the current season's offerings, register online for many programs, and view the Wood Lake Event Calendar to see what's happening this month at Wood Lake.
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 Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K, held on the first Saturday in August since 2003.
Wood Lake Nature Center is a 150-acre natural area dedicated to environmental education, wildlife observation, and outdoor recreation. Wood Lake staff offices at the 4,000 square-foot main building, which features many educational exhibits (see hours above). The park features several wildlife viewing areas, a 100-seat amphitheater, a picnic ground, and three miles of trails and boardwalks. The trails are either blacktop or crushed limestone and most are wheelchair accessible during summer months. To preserve the natural habitat, no pets, bikes or rollerblades are allowed.
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. The trails wind through three different habitats: cattail marsh, mixed lowland forest, and restored prairie. For a list of birds you may see at Wood Lake, refer to our birding brochure.
Wood Lake's mission is to provide the public with high-quality experiences in recreation and environmental education programs, act as a teacher/naturalist training facility and provide a high quality, diverse freshwater marsh-oriented nature facility for those programs and for use by individuals and groups seeking unprogrammed natural experiences.
Wood Lake was once a recreational lake, surrounded by homes, but much of its water drained in the 1950's. In 1969, the Richfield City Council approved the conversion of Wood Lake into a nature center.
The City of Richfield has supported Wood Lake Nature Center for over 30 years. Wood Lake - dedicated as the first municipal nature center in 1971 - was one of the first nature centers built in the Twin Cities.
In 1991, Friends of Wood Lake (FOWL) was formed as an advocacy and fundraising group. In 2004, Wood Lake Naturalists provided programming to 17,660 people. That represents 24,560 hours of program time. Approximately 72,000 visitors a year visit Wood Lake for the trails and overall nature experience.
To maintain the park and support its plant and animal life, please observe the following guidelines:
-Stay on the trail
-Observe park signs
-No picking of plants
Wood Lake Weather Station