Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

The peaceful wilderness at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve in northeast Scott County features glacial ridges, hilly terrain and an extensive, lush forest. This park features one of the most challenging cross-country ski areas in the Twin Cities, and a popular mountain bike trail. With the exception of the trails, the park reserve remains undeveloped, making it the best park in Three Rivers for birdwatchers to spot woodland songbirds. This park has also been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.

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Fall Deer Hunts at Murphy-Hanrehan

Archery deer hunts will be held in Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve Oct. 11–13 and Nov. 22–24. Please obey posted signage when visiting the park. Learn more about deer hunts in Three Rivers and see the full 2019 schedule.

Plan Your Visit

30 Minutes

Burn off some of your dog’s energy at the 3-acre fully-fenced off-leash area. A daily ($6) or annual pass is required.

2 Hours

Go for a stroll and see what birds you can find. This park is designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.

Park at the horse trailer parking lot, head towards trail intersection 31 and walk through restored prairie habitat on your way to intersection 28. Continue south to intersections 33 to 34 to walk through forested areas. Hike near wetlands on the way to trail intersection 35, and stop at intersection 36 for a breathtaking panoramic view of fields and wetlands. Continue to intersection 37 and back to your car. This route is about 3.2 miles with gently rolling hills.

All Day

Pack a lunch and try geocaching! There are over 30 geocaches waiting to be found on over 20 miles of trails.

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things to do

Boat Launch


Children with canoes on dock

70 acres of water

Enjoy the placid waters. A concrete boat launch is located off County Road 75. No gas motors allowed; electric trolling motors only. No wake. A daily or annual boat trailer pass is required.



Campfire and tents at night

Group campsites are located in the southern section of the park and accommodate up to 20 horses. Reservations are required.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skier in falling snow

9 miles of trails

These challenging, groomed trails located in the northeastern section of the park are for advanced level skiing and skate skiing. Skiers get a rush from the challenging trails that feature steep uphill grades and downhill run through thick woods. Trails are typically open from sunrise until sunset. Check trail conditions before you head out. A daily or annual Three Rivers ski pass is required.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Dogs running and playing

3 fenced acres

The fenced dog off-leash area is located at the trailhead. A daily pass or annual pass is required for the off-leash area. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

Dog trailhead

4.2 miles of trails

The turf dog trail at Murphy-Hanrehan is a part of the horse trail. The trail can be accessed from the horse trailer parking lot on Sunset Lake Road. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


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

70 acres of water

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.



Two girls using a GPS unit

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure.



Wooded hiking trail

21.4 miles of trails

Roam the pristine expanse at your pace and enjoy one of the best places to go birding in the Twin Cities. The hiking-only trails are very hilly and take hikers through oak woods.

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

Horseback rider on trail

13 miles of trails

Riders can enjoy the scenic beauty of this park reserve on horseback year-round. A trailer parking lot is available. A daily or annual pass is required. Horse rental not available. Click below to check trail status updates.

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

Mountain biker on bridge

10 mile loop series

With over 10 miles of trail and loops rated from easy to advanced, Murphy-Hanrehan Singletrack Trail is a favorite spot for mountain biking in the Twin Cities. The trails are designed and maintained in partnership with volunteers from Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists. Click below to check trail conditions and learn more about mountain biking in Three Rivers.



Boys in a canoe fishing

70 acres of water

Enjoy the placid waters. A concrete boat launch is located off County Road 75. No gas motors are allowed; electric trolling motors only. Cars with trailers require a daily or annual boat trailer pass.

Skijoring and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Skier being pulled by a dog

5.7 miles of trails

Skijoring is permitted on the multi-use trail and does not require a ski pass. 

Snowmobile Trail


Snowmobilers on a wooded trail

The nearly three mile trail provides links through the park along the south boundary connecting to State Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails.



Snowshoers in the woods

5.5 miles of trails

Bring your snowshoes and explore nearly six miles of trails in the southern portion of this scenic park.

See all upcoming programs and events at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve!

Natural Resources

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve remains the best park to see woodland bird species in Three Rivers, and the Natural Resources division does annual songbird surveys to monitor bird populations.

In Partnership

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve is operatedscott county logo under a joint powers agreement between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District. 


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