Hours & Fees

General Hours


  • All parks are open daily 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Beach Hours


  • Beaches are available at Fish Lake Park and Checkerboard Park
  • Swim areas are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
  • Opens daily at 7 a.m., except for boat launching which opens at 5 a.m.
  • The parks close daily at 10 p.m.
  • There are NO lifeguards on duty at any of the Chisago County Parks.
  • All guests swim at their own risk, don't swim alone.

Park Ranger Hours


  • Park Rangers are on duty at Fish Lake Park from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Boat Launch Hours


  • A boat launch is available at Fish Lake Park
  • The boat launch hours at Fish Lake Park is open daily during boating season from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Park Office Hours


  • The county's Park Office is located in North Branch and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., unless all park staff are out in the field.

Vehicle Permits


  • All vehicles entering Fish Lake Park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays require a permit from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
  • Vehicles permits are NOT required at Checkerboard Park, Dennis Frandsen Park, Kost Dam Park or Ki-Chi-Saga Park.
  • Daily Permit per vehicle: $3
  • Yearly Permit per vehicle: $20
  • Bus Permit: $15

Shelter Reservations


  • Park shelter reservation fees are $60 for county residents and $75 for non county residents per shelter on weekends and holidays.
  • Weekday park shelter reservation fees are $35, excluding holidays.