Fish Lake Regional Park

Fish Lake Regional Park offers outdoor recreation in a wooded, lakeside setting. Water enthusiasts enjoy swimming, boating or ice fishing on Fish Lake. You’ll also find picnic areas and a rental pavilion. This park is especially scenic in the fall, when blazing maples reflect on the lake, creating a picturesque setting for your outdoor activities.

Fish Lake offers turf trails for snowshoeing and hiking in winter. Dog owners enjoy year-round exercise with paved trails and a fully-fenced dog off-leash area.

Interactive Map of Fish Lake

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Plan Your Visit

30 Minutes

Walk the half-mile paved loop around the peninsula, where you’ll feel immersed in the woods with trees on both sides. You’ll find beautiful lake views and wildlife sightings of creatures in the woods and birds overhead.

2 Hours

Explore the dog off-leash area with your pup! A daily pass ($6) is required. Pack a lunch or food to grill and plan a picnic with your family and friends at one of the scenic areas atop a grassy hill.

See 30-minute, 2-hour and all-day ideas for more parks!

things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

Group of kids on bikes

3 miles of trails

A paved trail circles the central hill and continues along the central marsh and back to the beach area. The paved trails connect to the popular Medicine Lake Regional Trail.

Boat Launch

Boating

Man launching a boat

244 acres of water

Limited parking spaces are available for those launching watercraft; a daily or annual trailer parking pass is required. Kayaks, paddleboats, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, SUP Squatch (6-10 person paddleboard) and rowboats are available to rent in the summer.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Two dogs in open area

6.7 fenced acres

The park offers a seven-acre off-leash haven for your four-legged friends to run at top speed. Dog owners must pick-up after their dog. A daily or annual pass is required for the off-leash area.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

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3 miles of trails

Dogs are allowed on all paved trails with a six-foot, non-retractable leash. Dog owners must pick-up after their dog.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

Fishing pole

223 acres of water

With over a mile of shoreline and an accessible fishing pier, there are lots of places to seek your catch of the day. The park is also a great place to access the lake for ice fishing in the winter. A valid Minnesota fishing license is required.

Geocaching

Geocaching

GPS units on table

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.

Hiking

Hiking

Couple hiking wooded trail

3.3 miles of trails

A year-round paved trail circles the central hill and continues along the central marsh and back to the beach area. A paved, 0.7-mile Trails at Your Pace trail along the peninsula provides fabulous views of Fish Lake and features flat terrain and two rest stops. Turf hiking trails wind through hilly, wooded and marsh areas. The paved trails connect to the popular Medicine Lake Regional Trail.

Paddling

Paddling

Kids on beach with paddles and canoe

244 acres of water

Bring your own boat or rent a kayak, paddleboat, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, SUP Squatch (6-10 person paddleboard) or rowboat. Limited parking spaces are available for those launching watercraft; a daily or annual trailer parking pass is required.

Rental Hours:

10 AM-8 PM daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

See rental pricing.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Man grilling food

Picnic tables and grills located throughout the park and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The pavilion is available to rent year-round.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Girl putting on snowshoes

Bring your snowshoes and head off the beaten path to some of the more remote areas of the park. The trail meanders up the west side of the lake and a past wetland area.

Swimming

Swimming

Shade umbrellas on beach

Closed

Get a refreshing retreat from the summer's heat at the sandy beach on Fish Lake. No lifeguard on duty.

Swimming Beach Hours:

9 AM–8 PM daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

Upcoming Events

Sept. 15 | Fish Lake
Try out adapted mountain bikes, kayaks, archery equipment and geocaching! Make s'mores by the campfire and ask questions about your needs and goals for outdoor recreation. 
 

Oct. 12 | Elm Creek
From hard-core distance runners to casual walkers, this annual event offers a 10K, 5K & 1K—something for everyone!

Oct. 19-Nov. 1 | Multiple Locations
Dress up in costume, play games, carve a pumpkin and more at one of Three Rivers' Halloween events. Find one that interests you!

See all programs and events at Fish Lake!

Natural Resources

Three Rivers works with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, watershed and conservation districts and lake homeowner associations to stop the introduction of exotic species into lakes. Learn more.

Rental Spaces

The pavilion at Fish Lake is great for smaller wedding receptions, corporate events and birthday parties. For added fun, hike/bike trails and a swimming beach are nearby.

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