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, and more.
things to do
886 acres of water
Limited parking spaces are available for those launching watercraft; a daily or annual trailer parking pass is required. Paddleboats, rowboats, kayaks, and canoes are available to rent during the summer. Sailboat slips and canoe/kayak racks are also available to rent.
Please contact the French Visitor Center at 763-694-7750 with any questions.
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.
Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Learn balance and coordination in a stand-up paddleboarding lesson, find inner peace and strength in a sunset yoga class, or stay accountable by joining a fitness-based club.
July 8 & Aug. 15 | French
Find your inner lumberjack or lumberjill! Step back in time to the logging era and try log rolling and axe throwing. Reservations required.
2018 Summer Hours
Equipment Rental (paddleboats, kayaks, canoes and rowboats):
Through Aug. 19: 10 AM–8 PM, daily
Aug. 20–24: Noon–8 PM, daily
Aug. 25–Sept. 3: 10 AM–8 PM, weekends and Labor Day
11 AM–8 PM, daily
Swimming Beach (unguarded):
May 26–Sept. 3, 9 AM–8 PM, daily
June/July: 9 AM–9 PM daily
Aug.: 9 AM–8 PM daily
Weekend Events May Impact Park Use
Some upcoming large events may impact your visit to French Regional Park. During these events, the park and trails are still open for public use.
Event: Mini Hops Gymnastics 5K Run/Walk
Affected areas: Turf and Paved Trails
Number of participants: 300
Pavement resurfacing is complete for 2017. All areas are open, including the main entrance off of Rockford Road, parking lots, trails and the visitor center. Finalization of remaining items will resume in spring 2018 with minimal public impact. Final items include: replacement of curb sections, pavement striping and reseeding.
Play Area Closed
The play area is closed for reconstruction and is anticipated to open in the summer of 2018. Learn more.
Need some gear? No problem. Three Rivers offers rental equipment for nearly any activity.
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.