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.
Dec. 24: Park and trails are open 5 AM–10 PM. Trails are lighted until 10 PM. Visitor Center open 9 AM–2 PM; rentals available until 2 PM.
Dec. 25: Park and trails are open 5 AM–10 PM. Trails are lighted until 10 PM. Visitor Center closed. No rentals available.
Dec. 31: Park and trails are open 5 AM–10 PM. Trails are lighted until 10 PM. Visitor Center open 9 AM–9 PM; rentals available.
Jan. 1: Park and trails are open 5 AM–10 PM. Trails are lighted until 10 PM. Visitor Center open 9 AM–9 PM; rentals available.
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).
0.5 miles and 8 acres
Dec. 22, Jan. 26, Feb. 23 | French
Explore the park during these designated calmer times. Snowshoes, cross-country skis and sleds can be reserved. Noise-cancelling headphones and sensory objects will be available.
Through Dec. 31 | Multiple Locations
Looking for ways to ring in the holidays? Join a candy cane hunt, celebrate the solstice, hike through the woods with Santa, and more! Browse all holiday programs at Three Rivers.
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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