Discover all sorts of outdoor fun
Got a want-to-do attitude? You’ve come to the right place. From biking to boating, from swimming to skiing, there’s something fun for everyone, no matter the season. So gear up for a good time and bring your partners in fun. There’s just so much to-doing to do.
Biking in Three Rivers is a great way to get the whole family outside. Whether you’re the casual rider or a cyclist in training, you’ll appreciate more than 100 miles of paved off-roadway bike/hike trails that wind through woodlands and grasslands and rim the shorelines of lakes and ponds at our parks.
Three Rivers offers plenty of boating opportunities with over 30 lakes, rivers and streams. With lake access points and trailer parking sites, it’s easy to get the family out on the water to enjoy the ultimate Minnesota pastime.
Off-leash areas are designated sites where dogs are given the freedom to run and interact with other dogs. The exercise and socialization a dog gets during this off-leash play time helps maintain its mental and physical health. Parks at Three Rivers have both fenced and unfenced off-leash areas where you can let your dog run while you enjoy the scenic surroundings and meet other owners.
Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs on a six-foot non-retractable leash are allowed on all paved trails except where posted otherwise. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.
Three Rivers operates 63 holes of golf with driving ranges across the Twin Cities metro area. With scenic courses designed to challenge all levels of ability, you won't have to drive far to get your fix. Come practice your swing or round up a foursome and play a friendly round at one of our four locations: Baker National, Cleary Lake, Glen Lake Golf and Practice, and Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center.
One of the best ways to explore year-round is to head out for a hike on the extensive trail system in Three Rivers. Trails wind through the woodland, grassland and wetland habitats of many species of wildlife. You’ll be amazed at what you might see along the way.
Have you ever wondered what life was like for the people who lived here before us? Step back in time and discover their stories through the historic sites of the Grimm Farm, Noerenberg Gardens, the Historic Pierre Bottineau House, and The Landing. Evidence within the parks tells how people have lived, worked and played here for over 12,000 years.
If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of our nature centers. At Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson Nature Centers, you can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe up close the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal.
Make new memories eating al fresco at a Three Rivers park picnic area in a beautiful, natural setting. All sites have picnic tables, and most sites have other basic amenities including water fountains and permanent grills. Look for a peaceful, serene location or set up just steps from a rip-roaring play area.
Create new memories at our play areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun.
Skijoring & Dog Sledding
Snowmobiling is permitted at Three Rivers Park District in order to provide links in state Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails within Baker, Carver, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves.
If you like sledding, you’ll love snow tubing at the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek. Ride a moving sidewalk up a hill 10 stories high and then soar back down on a specially designed inner tube. Once you get to the bottom, do it all over again. Tubers of all ages will have a blast speeding down the chutes.
Take a picture at a park with the #OptOutside poster (pg. 11 in your Fall Program and Events Calendar) and tag #ThreeRiversParks -- then tag your friends and challenge them to do the same!!
Follow @ThreeRiversParks on Instagram this Wednesday for some great #OptOutside ideas, then join us on Black Friday (Nov. 24) for your own #OptOutside adventure.
Some Parks To Close This Fall For Deer Hunts
Several Three Rivers parks will host archery and shotgun deer hunts this fall. During this time, the parks will partially or completely close. To see a complete schedule of upcoming hunts and to learn more about deer hunts at Three Rivers, please review the news release.
General parking areas at Three Rivers parks and trails are free for personal vehicles. Reservations and fees are required for certain vehicles and premium parking locations (commercial vehicles, bus or van group drop-offs, boat and snowmobile trailers, and premium parking at Hyland Hills Ski Area).
The general use of Three Rivers parks and trails is free. A pass or permit is required for certain activities. Please read all rules regarding each pass.
Need some gear? No problem! Three Rivers offers rental equipment for almost any activity.
Dec. 9 | Elm Creek
Celebrate cross-country skiing at this free inaugural event! Bring the whole family for a day of rennet tours, demonstrations, free lessons and rentals, and more. The first 1,000 visitors receive a free gift!
Dec. 2-23 | The Landing
Discover the holiday traditions of 19th-century Minnesotans. Folk art performances, horse-drawn trolley rides and more!