Picnic Pavilions

Condition of Pavilion Use

Pavilion Use Hours

9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Clean up must be complete by 8 p.m.)

On the Day of Reservation

  • If the damage deposit is paid, and you do not need a vehicle permit or picnic kit, then you may proceed to your site.
  • The permit holder must pay the damage deposit ($250/$100), if not already done so.

Vehicle Permit Requirement

  • A Washington County Park vehicle permit is required on all vehicles entering the park.
  • You may set up a Guest List with Parks staff to purchase vehicle permits for your guests, or they will be responsible to pay for their own.


  • Washington County Parks vehicle permits are required on all vehicles entering the park.
  • A reservation confirmation must be available upon request. This confirmation provides exclusive use of the pavilion and associated amenities only.
  • The permit holder is responsible for cleanup of the shelter, tables, and adjacent areas. Refuse generated in excess of the furnished containers must be removed by the rental party.
  • Sports nets with stakes are allowed on ball fields only. 
  • Sound amplification may be allowed with prior approval from Parks staff. Approvals may be revoked or amended in accordance with Washington County Parks Ordinances.
  • Other equipment (i.e. cookers, sports nets, tents, dunk tanks, inflatables) must be approved by Park staff. Insurance may be required.
  • Washington County Ordinance governs activities in Washington County Parks. A copy is available in the park office.
  • Violation of permit or park regulations can result in revocation of permit, loss of all or part of the deposit, and loss of permit privileges in the future.


The following is prohibited:

  • Use of alcohol of any kind.
  • Pets.
  • Driving or parking on grass areas or trails.

Cancellation and Refund

Rental fee is not refundable if cancellation is made within 14 days of scheduled reservation. No refunds due to weather.

Pavilion Capacity

Capacities are limited to these maximums.

Park LocationPavilionMaximum People AllowedParking Spaces
Big Marine Park ReserveBig Marine5065
Cottage Grove Ravine Regional ParkRavine Landing Outdoor Space4074
Lake Elmo Park ReserveNorth Pavilion250168
Lake Elmo Park ReserveSouth Pavilion250134
St. Croix Bluffs Regional ParkEagle Ridge5020
St. Croix Bluffs Regional ParkHilltop20095

To make a reservation

  1. View availability of the pavilions online.
  2. Picnic Pavilion reservations must be made over the phone or in person.

Email Parks staff with any inquiries.

Pavilion Location

  1. Big Marine at Big Marine Park Reserve
Picnic TablesParking SpotsWaterCookingRestroomsOutletsRate to Reserve (Weekday-Weekend)
465Drinking Fountain2 GrillsNearby4$48 - $88 plus tax

Big Marine Park Reserve

  1. North Pavilion at Lake Elmo Park Reserve
  1. South Pavilion at Lake Elmo Park Reserve
  1. Hilltop at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park
  1. Eagle Ridge at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park