Some Three Rivers Parks Will Close For Scheduled Deer Hunts

September 28, 2017

Three Rivers Park District will conduct scheduled deer hunts intended to keep deer herds in balance with available habitat. This will necessitate the closing, or partial closing, of parks where the hunts are taking place.

Smaller archery deer hunts will take place in a number of parks throughout the Park District that will result in full or partial closing of the parks. Some parks with these smaller hunts will allow access to paved trails, dog off-leash areas, and picnic areas during the hunt period. Guests are asked to obey signage during the hunts. These hunts include:

  • Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Oct. 27-29
  • Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove, Oct. 2-4, Oct. 30-Nov. 1
  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park, Oct. 2-4, Oct. 30-Nov. 1
  • Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista, Oct. 4-6, Nov. 8-10
  • Baker Park Reserve, Medina, Oct. 6-8, Nov. 10-12
  • French Regional Park, Plymouth, Oct. 9-11, Oct. 30-Nov. 1
  • Spring Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake, Oct. 9-11, Oct. 30-Nov. 1
  • Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth, Oct. 16-18, Nov. 13-15
  • Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Hanover and Rogers, Oct. 27-29
  • Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage, Oct. 27-29

In addition to the archery hunts, two parks will conduct shotgun deer hunts this fall. The following parks will be closed for those hunts:

  • Carver Park Reserve, Nov. 11-12
  • Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Nov. 24--26

Three Rivers Park District selects a limited number of archery hunters by a preference lottery through the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base (MBRB). A limited number of shotgun hunters are selected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Hunters have already been selected for this year's hunts.

In addition to temporarily closing the parks to the public, the Park District takes several measures to ensure the safety of nearby residents. For parks that have homes located adjacent to park borders, shotgun hunting boundaries are established well within park property. Hunters may not go beyond these boundaries unless they are accompanied by a Park Police officer. In addition, all shotgun hunters must attend a pre-hunt orientation that stresses firearm safety procedures. Deer hunters must also follow all applicable DNR regulations.

Learn more about deer hunts at Three Rivers.

About Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers Park District is a natural resources-based park system that manages park reserves, regional parks, regional trails and special-use facilities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Park District offer facilities for every season, including picnicking, swimming, creative play, boating, fishing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, golf, camping and sledding; extensive trails for hiking, biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as program sites for nature, recreation, historic and farm education.

Three Rivers Park District's mission is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. The Park District owns and operates over 27,000 acres and serves nearly 11 million visitors a year.


Tom Knisely
Media Relations Specialist