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posted Nov 6, 2017, 4:10 PM by ByllesbyAssociation   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 7:43 AM ]
Dakota County and Goodhue County Lake Byllesby Regional Park Master Plan
Byllesby Reservoir and Public Motorized Watercraft
October 27, 2017
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR) manages surface water usage and motorized
boating in Minnesota and has implemented a guideline for the number of parking places available at
public launching facilities. The MnDNR guideline is one public boat parking space per twenty acres of
surface water on any given waterbody. The guideline accounts for boat access from private docks in
addition to access at public launching facilities.

The guideline for public boat parking is based upon the nature of lake use. For example, should a
specific lake have surface use restrictions on speed, additional parking capacity could be warranted.
The guideline is referenced in Design Handbook for Recreational Boating and Fishing Facilities – Second
Edition published by the States Organization for Boating Access, 2006. For more information, contact
Kent Skaar, Senior Project Manager, MnDNR Parks and Trails Division.

The Byllesby Reservoir is 1,368 surface water acres. Surface water acreage of a Public Waters basin
corresponds to the Ordinary High Water Level (OHWL). Using the guideline of one public boat parking
space per 20 acres of surface water, the guideline number of public boat parking spaces for the
Reservoir would be 68 (1368 surface water acres/20). The Draft 2017 Master Plan recommends
maintaining the same number of public motorized boat craft on the Reservoir as today, summarized in
the table below. For more information on the Draft Master Plan recommendations, contact Lil Leatham,
Dakota County Senior Planner ( or Greg Isakson, Goodhue
County Public Works Director (

Byllesby Reservoir Public Motorized Watercraft: Existing Conditions and Draft 2017 Master Plan Recommendations
See attached pdf below.
Nov 6, 2017, 4:10 PM