Dakota County’s newest park, the 456-acre Whitetail Woods Regional Park is located in Empire Township in the center of Dakota County, just one mile north of the Vermillion River.
The park is bordered by the Vermillion Highlands Modified Wildlife Management Area to the east and the Vermillion River Wildlife and Aquatic Management areas to the south. The University of Minnesota’s UMore Park lies directly north of the park.
The Empire Lake Stone Shelter located adjacent to Empire Lake offers wonderful views of thousands of acres of rolling hills and countryside in the heart of Dakota County. The gathering area has a king-size outdoor fireplace, family picnic sites and an amphitheater.
A dense stand of pines surround three year-round primitive Whitetail Woods Camper Cabins which offer an overnight experience of peace and quiet among the rustling pines. The cabins are elevated above the ground with an accessible entry. Up to six people can stay in each cabin and the cost is only $60 per night. I'm gonna have to check those out soon!