Passes and Permits

There is no fee for the general use of Three Rivers parks and trails. Certain activities in the park require either a pass, permit or parking fee. Take a moment to learn about them and be aware. Passes and permits can even be purchased online, so that you can enjoy every minute of your time in the parks.




Two men arch from a tower

A pass is required for archers. Youth age 15 and younger are free but must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Boat Launch


A pontoon boat on a lake

A pass is required to park boat trailers at the boat launches from April 1 through November 30.


Commercial & Professional Photography

picture of a camera

Photography Passes

Commercial and professional photography is welcomed at Three Rivers' Parks. Annual photography passes can be purchased online, and hourly passes can be purchased at on-site locations.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Skier on trail

A pass is required for all skiers age 12 and older during the winter season.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf

Groups of children around basket with discs

A pass is required for all disc golfers at the main courses. Passes are not required for the Lake Minnetonka practice area or the Hyland Lake Park Practice Area.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Golden retriver smiling

A pass is required to use any of the dog off-leash areas.

Downhill Ski Area

Downhill and Telemark Skiing

Skier mule kicking in the air

There are several passes and pass packages available for Hyland Hills Ski Area and Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area.



Golfer taking a swing

Three Rivers operates 63 holes of golf with driving ranges across the Twin Cities metro area. With scenic courses designed to challenge all levels of ability, you won't have to drive far to get your fix. Come practice your swing or round up a foursome and play a friendly round at one of our four locations: Baker National, Cleary Lake, Glen Lake Golf and Practice, and Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center.

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

a person on a horse

A pass is required for all riders age 12 and older. Three Rivers Park District does not rent horses.



Snowboarder in the air

There are several passes and pass packages available for Hyland Hills Ski Area and Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area.

Snowmobile Trail


Snowmobilers on wooded trail

A pass is required to park snowmobile trailers at designated parking areas.



two girls swimming

A pass is required for age 1 and older at the swim ponds in Elm Creek Park Reserve and Lake Minnetonka Regional Park.

Special Use Permits

A Special Use Permit is required for all groups conducting organized events when using a park or trail facility. Use, facility and extraordinary service fees may apply. Call 763.559.6700 to arrange for a Special Use Permit.

Bus and Commercial Vehicle Parking Fees

Coming by bus or passenger van? Reservations are required, parking and drop-off fees may be required. Check with your site or call Reservations at 763.559.6700 for more information.