Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

Buckthorn removed on west side of ravine lake thanks to FMR!

Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) continued their stewardship efforts at the park this winter by removing 21 acres of buckthorn from an oak savanna/oak forest on the west side of Ravine Lake. This expands upon 35 acres of work they have already completed since 2013. Thank you to FMR and all the volunteers who have helped!

Goats returning early May through June 

In early May, South Washington Watershed District is partnering with the Parks Division to help bring in goats. Goats are being used to control garlic mustard and buckthorn within 38 acres within the ravine, in an area within the Central Draw Overflow and Storage project. Park users are asked to let the goats be, and stay away from the fence. Please call our park office if you have any questions at 651-430-8370. 

 At this moment, they are in Paddock-6/7 teal/light yellow area on the map below (Updated on 5/17/19). The paddock is south of intersection #6, North of intersection #7.  Over time, they will move south closer to Ravine lake.CGRP Goat Paddock


Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park consists of 515 acres of hills and dramatic, heavily wooded ravines with occasional clearings of prairie and old field. This varied topography and landscape creates an unusual variety of vegetation and habitats. Look for grouse, ermine, cottontail rabbits, deer and a number of bird species, including the pileated woodpecker.

Vehicle permits are required for all vehicles entering the park.

Park Facilities and Activities

  • Hiking Trails 
  • Paved Trails 
  • Picnic Pavilion (Not reservable)
  • Play Structure