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

Biking

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.

The Park District has begun a pavement rehabilitation project at French Regional Park, expected to be complete in November 2017. Please see the Medicine Lake Regional Trail Detour.

Boat Launch

Boating

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.

Construction Updates and Closures
The pavement resurfacing project will have intermittent impacts on the boat launch and boat rentals, check for updates.

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

Fishing

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.

Geocaching

Geocaching

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.

Hiking

Hiking

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.

Paddling

Paddling

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.

Sledding

Sledding

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.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

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.
 

Swimming

Swimming

Children swimming in lake

Closed for the Season

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

Oct. 21-29

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 French Regional Park!

Three Rivers offers miles of trails for classical and skate skiing. Annual passes are available for all parks or natural snow parks only. Get yours today!

Construction

Pavement Resurfacing

During 2017, all of the pavement within French Park will be resurfaced. Check the Construction page for updates and closures. 

Contact the French Visitor Center at 763.694.7750 with further questions.

Temporary Park Entrance

The park entrance at Rockford Road will be closed for construction through Nov. 3, 2017. A temporary entrance will be located at 36th Ave. N.

Visitor Center

Open daily from 9 AM–5 PM

The visitor center parking lot is closed until Nov. 3. The overflow parking lot is open and located just west of the temporary entrance.

The sidewalk leading up to the visitor center will have periodic closures through Nov. 3 due to the installation of new concrete. A detour walkway to the visitor center is established and marked with signage.

Boat Launch

Open daily from 5 AM–10 PM

Dog Walking Trail

A temporary dog walking trail has been established for use during construction.

Lagoon Trail

This 1-mile loop is paved and open, except for a short section between the Visitor Center parking lot and the first bridge. To bypass this unpaved section, travel southwest of the Visitor Center to utilize the turf trail and to reconnect with the paved trail.

Play Area Closed

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

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

Equipment Rental

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

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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