French Regional Park
Along the north shore of Medicine Lake there are a variety of opportunities for outdoor exploration. French Regional Park offers amenities such as a swimming beach, fishing pier, lighted trails, and more.
things to do
886 acres of water
Limited parking spaces are available for those launching watercraft; a daily or annual trailer parking pass is required. Paddleboats, rowboats, kayaks, and canoes are available to rent during the summer. Sailboat slips and canoe/kayak racks are also available to rent.
Please contact the French Visitor Center at 763-694-7750 with any questions.
5.8 miles of trails
886 acres of water
With nearly a mile of shoreline to explore, dip a line into the quiet lagoon or the open waters of Medicine Lake. An accessible fishing pier is available or rent a boat to while away the afternoon. A valid Minnesota fishing license is required.
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. GPS units with pre-loaded geocaches are available to check-out for free at the Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Units may only be used in the park and must be returned before closing.
10.4 miles of trails
Turf trails feature views of marshlands, hills for climbing, and a few seating areas for relaxing. Near the visitor center, a paved, 1.1-mile Trail at Your Pace features gentle terrain and rest stops every quarter mile. Paved trails provide a loop between the visitor center and beach and access to the Medicine Lake and Bassett Creek Regional Trails. Nordic walking poles and GPS units with pre-loaded geocaches are available to rent for free at the visitor center.
Fall Hiking – Lighted Trails
Hike under the lights in fall. The following trails at French have lights on until 9:00 PM until winter trail operations begin (typically after 2–3 inches of snowfall).
886 acres of water
Rowboats, kayaks and canoes are available to rent. Limited parking spaces are available for those launching watercraft; a daily or annual trailer parking pass is required.
Rental Hours & Process
Hours: Noon-7 PM, Daily through Labor Day
New in 2020: Boat rentals can be reserved online or in person at the visitor center. Boats can be reserved in two-hour time blocks up to seven days in advance. Same-day reservations are available. See rental rates.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, a small portion of the play area will be closed for resurfacing.Closed areas include the swing container and areas around the xylophone. The rest of the play area will remain open.
The new French Regional Park play area features iconic towers and nets, slides and more. Learn more about the project and see photos of the new play area.
Hours: 9 AM-sunset, daily
0.5 miles and 8 acres
Sept. 8-Oct. 29 | French & Hyland
Getting fit outside can be an exciting adventure! Enjoy instructor-led activities like archery, Nordic walking and geocaching. All fitness levels welcome!
Celebrate the official start of fall with 10% off on Sept. 22!
Explore French with KARE 11
Explore the trails of French Regional Park and other Three Rivers parks with KARE 11.
Need some gear? No problem. Three Rivers offers rental equipment for nearly any activity.
French Play Area Virtual Tour
Climb the towers, scale the nets and fly down the slides in a tour of French Play Area.
In the spring of 2016, the University of St. Thomas and the Park District launched a three year project at French Regional Park to study turtle population dynamics in an urban lake.
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