Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

A gently rolling Big Woods landscape and numerous wetland areas make up the beautiful Lake Rebecca Park Reserve. In addition to the many opportunities for outdoor fun you'll find here, this park is also a haven for wildlife, including trumpeter swans.

Plan Your Visit

30 Minutes

Hike the Deerwood Trail at the southwest end of the park. This grassy trail is a 1.5-mile loop that winds over gently rolling hills through a variety of habitats – beneath giant oaks, tall quaking aspens and along ponds and wetlands where you might find majestic trumpeter swans swimming. Bring your camera and capture the vibrant yellows of the aspens this fall!

2 Hours

Bring your bike and pack some snacks for a tour of the park! Ride the 10-mile paved loop through prairies, wetlands and big woods. Park your bike at the viewing spot on the east side of the lake and enjoy the views of ducks and swans swimming along the shore and through the cattails.

Looking for more adventure? Try your mountain biking skills on the 13.5-mile singletrack trail.

All Day

Pack a picnic, your bike, and spend a full day in the park! Work up a sweat goofing around at the play area near the beach or biking the paved loop through the park. Enjoy a picnic lunch after and bask in the scenery of the great outdoors. Tip: Bring your favorite book or journal and read or write in the serenity of nature under a tall oak tree.

See 30-minute, 2-hour and all-day ideas for more parks!

things to do

Bike Trail


Biker on a paved trail

8.1 miles of trails

So much to see along the way, a paved trail loops around the entire park reserve and serves as a connection to the north edge of the park reserve.

Boat Launch


Man fishing from boat

254 acres of water

Set off upon the tranquil lake. Electric trolling motors are allowed, but no gas boat motors or wakes are allowed. Car trailer spaces are available on the northwest end of the lake. A daily or annual boat trailer pass is required. Canoes, rowboats and paddleboats may be rented. Call for boat rental hours.



Campfire and tents at night

There are two group campsite locations within the park reserve. Sarah Creek is in the northeast part of the park reserve. Located in close proximity to the bike/hike trail, campers can bike easily over to the recreation area and can often view the trumpeter swans on the way.

The other group campsite, South Group is in the south central part of the park reserve. This group campsite is in close proximity to the horse trail, mountain bike/hiking trail and bike/hike trail.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Ski tracks in fresh snow

15.6 miles of trails

Like to break your own trail? Cross-country ski trails are ungroomed at Lake Rebecca and shared with hikers. No ski pass is required. Check trail conditions before you head out.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Two dogs running in grassy area

29.5 fenced acres

The fenced dog off-leash area is located in Lake Sarah Regional Park, east of Lake Rebecca Park Reserve. 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 on leash with companion

8.1 miles of trails

Miles of paved trails allow you and your pet to catch some fresh air. Dogs on a six-foot non-retractable leash are allowed on all paved trails except where posted otherwise. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


Boy fishing from pier

254 acres of water

Grab your rod and fishing license and try to catch tiger muskies, largemouth bass, walleyes and pan fish in Lake Rebecca. The lake has an access for non-motorized boats and is also popular for ice fishing. Two fishing piers are available - one located in the northwest bay of the lake and the other near the swimming beach.



GPS units on table

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.



Hiking path in field

15.6 miles of trails

The hiking trail consists of a single loop through the park reserve. It serves as a connection to the north edge of the park reserve.

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

Horseback rider in tall grass

10.3 miles of trails

A horse trail loop surrounds the periphery of the park reserve. The horse trailer parking lot is located near County Road 50 on the north side of the park. Each rider 12 years or older needs a daily or annual pass. Three Rivers does not rent horses. Check the Horseback Riding page for trail status updates.

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

Fat biker

13.25 miles of trails

Ride your mountain bike through the Lake Rebecca Singletrack Trail with numerous opportunities to view the park’s wetlands and wildlife. The trailhead for this new 13.25-mile trail begins at the Hilltop Picnic Area. Click below to check trail conditions before you head out.



Kayaker on lake

254 acres of water

Set off upon the tranquil Lake Rebecca. No boat? Rent canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats. Car/trailer spaces are available on the northwest end of the lake. A daily or annual boat/trailer pass is required. For a different adventure, the park offers carry-in access to the Crow River.

Rental Hours:

10 AM-8 PM Saturday, Sunday and holidays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

See rental prices.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Children having a picnic

Perfect for a scheduled event or a spontaneous meal outside. There are two reservation picnic areas that can accommodate large groups. Shelters are available at two reservation sites. The general picnic area contains tables and grills, and is available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Play Area

Play Areas

play area


Lake Rebecca’s Big Woods play area features twists and turns to get the body moving. The hidden creatures are sure to delight the imagination and leave kids hunting for more.

Snowmobile Trail


Snowmobilers on a wooded trail

The nearly five mile trail provides links through the park along the north and west boundary connecting to State Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails.



Girl running on snowshoes

Snowshoe through Lake Rebecca’s Big Woods landscape with numerous opportunities to view the park’s wetlands and wildlife. The trailhead for this new 13.25-mile trail begins at the Hilltop Picnic Area.



Girl playing in beach sand


An unguarded swimming beach on the lake’s north shore is available for use from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

upcoming events

Sept. 21 | Crow-Hassan
Celebrate the oldest and largest restored prairie in the Twin Cities! Meet at the Riverbend Group Camp to learn about prairie plants and insects, enjoy a wagon ride, and take a tour of the prairie with the hosts of The Wandering Naturalist podcast.

Monday, Sept. 23
Celebrate the beginning of the best campfire season with 10% off when you register on September 23!

Oct. 19-Nov. 1 | Multiple Locations
Dress up in costume, play games, carve a pumpkin and more at one of Three Rivers' Halloween events. Find one that interests you!

Sell all programs and events at Lake Rebecca!

Natural Resources

Lake Rebecca was first listed on the state’s impaired waters list in 1998. Learn more.

This park is a haven for wildlife and is part of the Three Rivers Park District Trumpeter Swan restoration program.


Three Rivers takes great care to preserve the natural beauty of this park through the efforts of the Natural Resources division. Volunteers are an important part of this work.


Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund logoFunding to purchase a portion of the land for this park was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Related Blog Posts

August 19, 2019

Camera trapping, a newer volunteer project in Three Rivers, provides the wildlife department with useful information about the kinds of animals found in the parks. Learn more about camera trapping and see what's been caught on film!

July 15, 2019

The heat of summer is here, and sometimes a peaceful paddle is just what you need to cool off. See our favorite places to paddle in Three Rivers, then hit the water and find yours!

March 25, 2019

Tired of running on pavement or treadmills? Love being in nature? Give trail running a try! Learn how to get started, where to go and what to expect. For an extra challenge, sign up for the Allina Health Trail Mix Race on April 13.


  • November 26, 2018

    Aerators will be installed in Lake Rebecca, Cleary Lake, Murphy Lake, South Lundsten Lake, Mud Lake and Hyland Lake as soon after December 1, 2018, as conditions allow.

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