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, a creative play area, and more.
things to do
886 acres of water (launch closed April 24–28)
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.
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.
Programs and Events
Upcoming programs and events at French.
French boat launch closed
Due to construction activities, the French Regional Park boat launch will be closed April 24–28.
During 2017, all of the pavement within French Park will be resurfaced. Check Construction for updates and closures.
The play area is anticipated to close in the spring of 2017, and is anticipated to open in the summer of 2018. Learn more.
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.