Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
The peaceful wilderness at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve in northeast Scott County features glacial ridges, hilly terrain and an extensive, lush forest. This park features one of the most challenging cross-country ski areas in the Twin Cities, and a popular mountain bike trail. With the exception of the trails, the park reserve remains undeveloped, making it the best park in Three Rivers for birdwatchers to spot woodland songbirds. This park has also been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.
things to do
70 acres of water
Enjoy the placid waters. A concrete boat launch is located off County Road 75. No gas motors or gas augers allowed; electric trolling motors only. No wake. A daily or annual boat trailer pass is required.
9 miles of trails
These challenging, groomed trails located in the northeastern section of the park are for advanced level skiing and skate skiing. Skiers get a rush from the challenging trails that feature steep uphill grades and downhill run through thick woods. Trails are typically open from sunrise until sunset. Check trail conditions before you head out. A daily or annual Three Rivers ski pass is required.
4.2 miles of trails
The turf dog trail at Murphy-Hanrehan is a part of the horse trail. The trail can be accessed from the horse trailer parking lot on Sunset Lake Road. 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.
21.4 miles of trails
Roam the pristine expanse at your pace and enjoy one of the best places to go birding in the Twin Cities. The hiking-only Wood Duck trail is very hilly and takes hikers through oak woods.
13 miles of trails, open
Riders can enjoy the scenic beauty of this park reserve on horseback year-round. A trailer parking lot is available. A daily or annual pass is required. Horse rental not available.
Due to recent rain storms, a southern part of the Murphy Hanrehan Horse Trail will be closed (fenced off) between intersections 40 and 41. For safety purposes, it is vital to stay off these areas.
10 mile loop series
With over 10 miles of trail and loops rated from easy to advanced, Murphy-Hanrehan Singletrack Trail is a favorite spot for mountain biking in the Twin Cities. The trails are designed and maintained in partnership with volunteers from Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists. Click below to check trail conditions and learn more about mountain biking in Three Rivers.
70 acres of water
Enjoy the placid waters. A concrete boat launch is located off County Road 75. No gas motors or gas augers are allowed; electric trolling motors only. Cars with trailers require a daily or annual boat trailer pass.
Skijoring & Dog Sledding
Dec. 30–March 2 | Various Locations
Try snowshoeing for the first time in a beginner lesson or head out on a guided trek to explore the winter wilderness. Find a program that interests you!
Summer Camp Registration Opens Jan. 23
Aerators To Be Installed in Murphy Lake
Aerators will be installed in Murphy Lake as soon after Dec. 1, 2017 as conditions allow. Anyone using the lake should be aware that aerators can lead to unsafe ice conditions, including thin ice or open water, on portions of the lake. Learn more.
horse trail closure
Due to recent rain storms, a southern part of the Murphy Hanrehan horse trail will be closed between intersections 40 and 41. For safety purposes, it is vital to stay off these areas.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve is operated under a joint powers agreement between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve remains the best park to see woodland bird species in Three Rivers, and the Natural Resources division does annual songbird surveys to monitor bird populations.