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.

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things to do

Bike Trail


Group biking on paved trail

4.6 miles of trails

The parks paved biking/hiking trails provide a loop between the visitor center and beach. The park is also a great place to begin an adventure on the connecting Medicine Lake and Bassett Creek Regional Trails.

Boat Launch


Man fishing from boat

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.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Skiers on a groomed trail

5.2 miles of trails

Lighted cross-country ski trails start at the visitor center and are groomed daily. A daily or season Three Rivers Park District Ski Pass is required. Equipment rentals are available. Make sure trails are open before you head out.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

Women walking with stroller and leashed dog

4.6 miles of trails

Dogs on a six-foot, non-retractable leash are allowed on paved trails. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


Man showing of the fish he caught

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.



Group looking at GPS units

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.



Man hiking on paved trail in the woods

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.



Family paddling on lake in a canoe

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.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Girl enjoying a hotdog at a picnic

Picnic tables and grills are provided on a first-come, first-served basis near the lake and next to the visitor center. Two picnic areas with shelters are reservable for groups. The Visitor Center has concessions, public seating and restrooms.

Play Area

Play Areas

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Closed for reconstruction

After serving a generation of kids, the signature play area is scheduled to be rebuilt in 2017. The new play area received community input for planning and design and is sure to thrill generations to come. See Construction for updates and closures.



Kids sledding on hill

A lighted and groomed sledding hill for non-rail sleds is located near the visitor center. Snowboards and tubes are not allowed.



Girl running on snowshoes

0.5 miles and 8 acres

Explore two different areas where you can go off-trail with your snowshoes. One area is along the shore of Medicine Lake and the lagoons, the other is in the northeast portion of the park and includes a wetland area.



Children swimming in lake


The swimming beach is temporarily closed. It is scheduled to reopen on Friday, June 29 at 10 AM. Updates will be posted here.

Beat the summer heat at the Medicine Lake swimming beach. Changing rooms and restrooms are located nearby. No lifeguard on duty.

Upcoming Events

April 17–Aug. 19 | Multiple Locations
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. Celebrate the opener on May 12 or find another fishing program.

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Learn balance and coordination in a stand-up paddleboarding lesson, find inner peace and strength in a sunset yoga class, or stay accountable by joining a fitness-based club.

July 8 & Aug. 15 | French
Find your inner lumberjack or lumberjill! Step back in time to the logging era and try log rolling and axe throwing. Reservations required.


Programs at French

Quietly paddle Medicine Lake, work on strength and flexibility in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, get fit outdoors with the GreenFit Club, or browse other programs offered at French Regional Park.

2018 Summer Hours

Equipment Rental (paddleboats, kayaks, canoes and rowboats):

Through Aug. 19: 10 AM–8 PM, daily
Aug. 20–24: Noon–8 PM, daily
Aug. 25–Sept. 3: 10 AM–8 PM, weekends and Labor Day


11 AM–8 PM, daily

Swimming Beach (unguarded):

May 26–Sept. 3, 9 AM–8 PM, daily

Visitor Center

June/July: 9 AM–9 PM daily
Aug.: 9 AM–8 PM daily

Weekend Events May Impact Park Use

Some upcoming large events may impact your visit to French Regional Park. During these events, the park and trails are still open for public use. 

Wednesday, July 29, 8 AM – 10 AM
Event: Mini Hops Gymnastics 5K Run/Walk
Affected areas: Turf and Paved Trails
Number of participants: 300 



Pavement Resurfacing

Pavement resurfacing is complete for 2017. All areas are open, including the main entrance off of Rockford Road, parking lots, trails and the visitor center. Finalization of remaining items will resume in spring 2018 with minimal public impact. Final items include: replacement of curb sections, pavement striping and reseeding.

Play Area Closed

The play area is closed for reconstruction and is anticipated to open in the summer of 2018. Learn more

Equipment Rental

Need some gear? No problem. Three Rivers offers rental equipment for nearly any activity.

French Regional Park offers indoor and outdoor spaces that are perfect for meetings, retreats, weddings, and other events.

Natural Resources

Turtle Survey

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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