Hours and Location

Hours: We are planning to open on or about June 1st, and expect to be open about 4 days a week depending on receptionist availability. Please contact info@sminc-lake-elmo.org if you would like to volunteer to help.

Open by appointment for small groups. Our Board has set up a private tour protocol for individuals and small groups. This is the process:

Make a reservation, email info@sminc-lake-elmo.org or call 651-769-7001, leave a message if no answer. Please allow three days for response. Tour time availability depends on volunteer availability.

Sign the waiver form available at reception desk, or download here 

Wear a mask during your visit

Sanitize your hands upon entry, or wear gloves (available) during your visit

 The tour is not really suitable for those under about 8 years old, because all the items of interest to very small kids are covered. 

Sunfish Lake Park is open dawn to dusk, gate closes at 9 PM.

Link to Trail Map: sunfish lake trail map pdf – sminc – 11-2018

Bike trails have been added to Sunfish Lake Park and a new trail map will be available soon from the City of Lake Elmo,  it was approved 10/20/2020.


The location of the Park Entrance road to the nature center is very close to 10000 Stillwater Lane North, Lake Elmo, MN. On Google Maps the nature center location is shown correctly in Sunfish Lake Park on “unnamed road”, and the directions are correct. Click here for directions.  

On the Google Maps Satellite View, the photo has been updated and shows the nature center as it was in early 2019. The Street view shows the site before construction began in September 2017.

Some location services may misdirect you up Kelvin Avenue.

On County Road 14 (Old State Highway 5) between Lake Elmo Avenue (County 17) and the roundabout at Jamaca, coming from either East or West you will see a brown sign “Sunfish Lake Park / Nature Center”.

County Road 14 sign

watch for this sign along County Road 14 between Lake Elmo Ave and the roundabout at Jamaca

Follow the arrow, and you will see the park entrance sign that mentions the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center. Turn in and follow the entry road (right hand side) for 0.6 mile to the parking lot. The left hand road is the exit road.

Sign at Park entry 6-18-18

The following maps show the location of the nature center.

Embedded map of the park, showing the location of the nature center at the pin.

Google Earth, wide view

Google Earth view of the park showing the location of the nature center at the pin and it’s leased land inside the black square.  

Google Earth, closer in

Google Earth view of the leased land within the black rectangle and the nature center footprint as the red rectangle.