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.

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things to do

Boat Launch


Children with canoes on dock

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.



Campfire and tents at night

Group horse campsites are located in the southern section of the park and accommodate up to 20 horses. Reservations are required.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skier in falling snow

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.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Dogs running and playing

3 fenced acres

The fenced dog off-leash area is located at the trailhead. 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 trailhead

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.

Fishing / Fishing Pier


a boy and his dad fishing from the lake shore

70 acres of water

Throw a line for your own catch of the day. In Three Rivers, you might reel in muskie, northern pike, sunfish, bass or even walleye.



Two girls using a GPS unit

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure.



Wooded hiking trail

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.

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

Horseback rider on trail

13 miles of trails

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. Click below to check trail status updates.

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

Mountain biker on bridge

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.



Boys in a canoe fishing

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 and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Skier being pulled by a dog

5.7 miles of trails

Skijoring is permitted on the multi-use trail and does not require a ski pass. 

Snowmobile Trail


Snowmobilers on a wooded trail

The nearly three mile trail provides links through the park along the south boundary connecting to State Grants-in-Aid snowmobile trails.



Snowshoers in the woods

5.5 miles of trails

Bring your snowshoes and explore nearly six miles of trails in the southern portion of this scenic park.

See all upcoming programs and events at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve!

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 horse trail closure near intersection 40 & 41


In Partnership

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve is operatedscott county logo under a joint powers agreement between Scott County and Three Rivers Park District. 

Natural Resources

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.

Follow Murphy-Hanrehan


  • November 20, 2017

    Aerators will be installed in Lake Rebecca, Cleary Lake, Murphy Lake and Hyland Lake as soon after December 1, 2017, as conditions allow.

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