Archery

Did you know archery is one of the oldest arts still practiced today? Modern advancements in the equipment mean this sport is even more accessible to archers of any age. Grab your bow and arrows and come and give it a try at Elm Creek or Carver Park Reserve. Stationary ranges offer targets at a variety of distances, as well as a shooting tower. Or test your marksmanship with a walk-through range featuring multiple shooting stations. 

Range open/closed

Carver Archery Range:
Range (open year-round) & Walking Course (open)

Elm Creek Archery Range:
Range & Walking Course (open)

Passes

A pass is required for archers. Youth age 15 and younger are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Daily Passes

  • A $6 daily pass* may be purchased online or at pay boxes located at each archery site.
  • A one-time credit of a $6 daily archery pass* can be applied to the cost of an annual archery pass when purchased in person at staffed park facilities or by mail at Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center.

Annual Passes

  • Annual passes may be purchased online, by calling 763.559.6700, or at Park District facilities.
  • If you purchase your pass online or over the phone, you will receive a confirmation receipt via email which will serve as your seven-day temporary pass. You can expect to receive your recreation pass card in the mail in about one week.
  • If you already have a recreation pass card, any newly purchased annual pass will be immediately added to your card.
  • Can be used at any Three Rivers Park District archery range.
  • Annual passes are valid for twelve months from the date purchased.

Replacement Passes

Recreation pass cards can be replaced if lost or damaged for a $5* fee. Call 763.559.6700 to request a replacement card.

*Sales tax not included.

At Three Rivers, we believe everyone belongs in the parks. The Recreation Pass Plus is a one-year pass that includes free equipment rentals and recreation passes, and discounts on programs and events. It is available for families and individuals who live in Hennepin County and are experiencing financial difficulty. 

All Programs and Events

View all upcoming archery programs and events.

Archery Range Rules and Policies

Failure to adhere to Park District Ordinances, Rules, and Agreement may result in a citation and/or revocation of pass. The Park District reserves the right to reject or cancel passes for any reason.

General Rules and Regulations

  • The ranges are designated for archery use only.
  • Stay within boundaries of the range.
  • Crossbow use is allowed at the designated crossbow site in the stationary range at Carver Park Reserve but is prohibited in the walk-through range.
  • Retrieve lost arrows quickly. Do not go beyond search area limits.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in range area.
  • Practice good sportsmanship and common sense.

Stationary Range Rules

  • Do not shoot until everyone is behind the shooting line.
  • Broadhead use is allowed at the designated broadhead site in the stationary range
    or on targets provided by the archer.
  • Personal 3D or broadhead targets may be placed in front of the stationary targets.
  • Do not shoot at a broadhead target with field points to prolong the life of the target.
  • Everyone must retrieve arrows at the same time.
  • When people are waiting:
    • Maximum 5 arrows per round when people are waiting.
    • Maximum 3 rounds per target when people are waiting.

Walk-Through Range Rules

  • Follow the designated course by the numbers.
  • Leave bow on hanger when retrieving arrows, except for site #1 at Carver.
  • No shooting outside of designated shooting lines.
  • Shooting of broadheads is prohibited in the walk-through range.
  • Maximum 1 round per target when people are waiting.

Related Blog Posts

September 12, 2018

What makes archery so great? According to Elm Creek park guest Grant Stenback, it's a combination of many things. Read about his experience with archery as a lifetime sport and why Elm Creek Archery Range is his go-to spot.

Archery 101: Bow Types

By: Ryan Barth

September 10, 2018

When taught correctly, archery is one of the safest sports to participate in. It is also a sport that almost anyone can excel at, and prospective archers have many bow choices for all sizes and abilities.

Other things to do

Campground

Camping

Camping tent and fire

Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up with the sunrise. Camping is the stuff memories are made of and at Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip. Campgrounds are located at Baker, Carver, and Cleary Lake

Paddling

Paddling

Three people kayaking on a lake.

Recreate on the water with canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Get exercise and fresh air while you explore the shorelines and bays where motorized boats can’t go. Need a boat? Three Rivers offers canoe, kayak, rowboat, paddleboat and stand-up paddleboard rentals at several parks.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

a dad and son fish from the shores of a lake.

Throw a line for your own catch of the day. In Three Rivers, you might reel in muskie, northern pike, sunfish, bass or even walleye.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

four people snowshoeing on a sunny day.

Three Rivers offers trails of varying difficulty for snowshoers of all skill levels. It’s a great way for the entire family to take in the scenes of a Minnesota winter.