Minnesota is made for boating. Did you know the land of 10,000 lakes has more miles of coastline than California, Hawaii and Florida combined? Three Rivers offers plenty of boating opportunities with over 30 lakes, rivers and streams. With lake access points, trailer parking sites and boat rental, it’s easy to get the family out on the water to enjoy the ultimate Minnesota pastime.
Where to go boating
- Baker Park Reserve
- Bryant Lake Regional Park
- Carver Park Reserve
- Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
- Cleary Lake Regional Park
- Crow-Hassan Park Reserve
- Eagle Lake Regional Park
- Fish Lake Regional Park
- French Regional Park
- Gale Woods Farm
- Hyland Lake Park Reserve
- Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
- Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
- Mississippi Gateway Regional Park
- Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
- Silverwood Park
- Twin Lakes Boat Access
Watercraft Rentals & Paddling
Paddle Share Program
The Mississippi River Paddle Share Program has partnered with Three Rivers to offer kayak rentals to experienced paddlers! Put-in stations are located in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park and River Park (in partnership with Brooklyn Park). Plan your trip, make online reservations, and see who else has partnered with this program. Learn more.
A pass is required to park boat trailers at the boat launches April 1 through Nov. 30. Passes are not required at Parley Lake, Lake Auburn and Lake Zumbra boat launches in Carver Park Reserve.
- Passes are $6* and may be purchased at pay boxes located at each boat launch or at staffed entrance gates.
- A one-time credit of a $6* daily boat trailer pass can be applied to the cost of an annual boat trailer pass when purchased in person at staffed park facilities or by mailing the Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center.
- Passes are $45*.
- Passes may be purchased online, by calling 763.559.6700, or at Park District facilities.
- If you purchase your pass online, you will receive a confirmation receipt via email which will serve as your seven-day temporary pass. You can expect to receive your pass in the mail in about one week.
Replacements for lost or damaged passes are available for a fee of $22.50* by calling 763.559.6700.
*Sales tax not included.
At Three Rivers, we believe everyone belongs in the parks. The Recreation Pass Plus includes free equipment rentals and recreation passes, and discounts on programs and events. It is available for families and individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty and live in Hennepin County.
Access to boat launches is 5 AM–10 PM, unless noted.
Lake Independence – 844 acres. Temporary no-wake restriction in effect.
Spurzem Lake – 70 acres. Gas motors allowed but no wake.
Half Moon Lake – 28 acres. Carry-in only. No gas motors and no wake.
Bryant, Bryant Lake – 177 acres. 15-mph speed limit Sundays from noon–6:00 PM, Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day.
Lake Zumbra – 162 acres.
Lake Auburn – 284 acres.
Steiger Lake – 158 acres. Gas motors allowed but no wake.
Cedar Lake Farm, Cedar Lake – 780 acres. Carry-in only.
Cleary, Cleary Lake – 143 acres. No gas motors and no wake.
Crow-Hassan, Crow River. Carry-in only.
Eagle, Eagle Lake – 291 acres. Carry-in only.
Fish, Fish Lake – 223 acres.
French, Medicine Lake – 886 acres.
Gale Woods Farm, Whaletail Lake – 558 acres. Carry-in only.
Hyland, Hyland Lake – 84 acres. No gas motors and no wake. Closed for construction.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Lake Minnetonka – 14,100 acres. Launch opens at 6 AM.
Lake Rebecca, Lake Rebecca – 254 acres. No gas motors and no wake.
Mississippi Gateway, Mississippi River. Carry-in only.
Murphy-Hanrehan, Murphy Lake – 70 acres. No gas motors and no wake.
Silverwood Park, Silver Lake – 49 acres.
Twin Lake Boat Access – 84 acres. Temporary lake-wide no-wake restriction in effect.
Boat Access and Trailer Parking
There is a maximum number of pre-designated motorized boats, including personal watercraft, allowed on the lake at a time based on the lake size, carrying capacity of boats in the water and individual limitation of the park. The number of trailer parking spaces at each access site is based on this number. Limits also apply to lake-area residents and anyone launching a boat regardless of whether they are parking a trailer. When the limit is reached, boaters must wait until an opening is available. Please inquire at the park for launching and parking procedures.
Boating Restrictions and Aquatic Invasive Species
Some lakes have motor restrictions or speed restrictions designated by the DNR. Visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for more information on boat access and restrictions, no-wake zones and detailed lake information. Please help us protect Park District lakes from invasive species like Eurasian water milfoil by reviewing Minnesota aquatic invasive species laws.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals and pathogens that can thrive in our waterways and cause environmental damage and economic loss. Inspectors patrol lakes within the Park District. Three Rivers also offers decontamination services at the Baker Park Reserve boat access on Lake Independence.
Our Water Resources Management division takes great care to preserve the health of these important resources so guests will be able to enjoy their natural beauty for generations to come.
Programs and Events
Upcoming boating programs and events.
Starry Stonewort, an aquatic invasive species, has been found in Medicine Lake near the French Regional Park boat launch.
Other things to do
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.