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boating Boating

Minnesota is made for boating! Did you know the land of 10,000 lakes has more miles of coastline than California, Hawaii and Florida combined? Three Rivers offers plenty of boating opportunities with 30+ lakes, rivers and streams.

Our Water Resources Management division takes great care to preserve the health of these important resources so guests will be able to enjoy their natural beauty for generations to come. With lake access points and trailer parking sites, it’s easy to get the family out on the water to enjoy the ultimate Minnesota pastime.

Where to find it

What you need

Boat Trailer Passes
A pass is required to park boat trailers at the boat lanches from April 1 through November 30.


Additional Information

Boat Access and Trailer Parking

We have pre-designated a maximum number of motorized boats, including personal watercraft, allowed on the lake at a time based on the lake size, carrying capacity of boats in the water and individual limitation of the park. The number of trailer parking spaces at each access site is based on this number. Limits also apply to lake-area residents and anyone launching a boat regardless of whether they are parking a trailer. When the limit is reached, boaters must wait until an opening is available. Please inquire at the park for launching and parking procedures.

Boating Restrictions and Aquatic Invasive Species

Some lakes have motor restrictions or speed restrictions designated by the DNR. Please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for more information on boat access and restrictions, no-wake zones and detailed lake information.

Please help us protect Park District lakes from invasive species like Eurasian water milfoil by reviewing Minnesota aquatic invasive species laws.

Watercraft Rentals

Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, rowboats or stand-up paddleboards are available for rent at some parks. Types of boats and hours vary. See Equipment Rental.

Watercraft Racks

Small watercraft racks designed to hold canoes, sailboards and kayaks are available to rent at Bryant Lake Regional Park, Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park*, Cleary Lake Regional Park, Fish Lake Regional Park, French Regional Park, and Gale Woods Farm. The size of the watercraft is restricted to vessels up to 20 feet in length, 36 inches width and 20 inches depth. All watercraft must be licensed by the State of Minnesota, and all watercraft owners are required to have a current Minnesota Watercraft License from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Apply for a Small Watercraft Rack

2017 season: April 15 through Oct. 15

The rate for Small Watercraft Rack Rental for the 2017 season is $50 (sales tax not included). Racks are assigned on a lottery basis. The lottery takes place Friday, April 7, 2017.

All applications must be received by 4:30 PM on April 6, 2017. Review the Small Watercraft Agreement Procedures, complete the Small Watercraft Application and Rental Agreement and send it with payment to the address listed in the application.

If information on your Small Watercraft Rack Application and Rental Agreement are incomplete or payment has not been received, your application will not be considered.

For additional information or questions, please call the Reservations Office at 763.559.6700.

Sailboat Slips

A limited number of sailboat slips are available for rental at French Regional Park (May 6-Oct. 1). The slips are assigned on a lottery basis. To enter the lottery, call 763.559.6700.

All applications must be submitted by 4:30 PM on March 22, 2017.

The following rules and requirements apply:

  1. The renter must have a current Minnesota Watercraft License issued by the Minnesota DNR.
  2. The watercraft must be a sailboat 22 feet in length or less. Catamarans and Trimarans must be less than 22 feet in length and 13 feet in width.
  3. Owners are required to provide lifts.
  4. Lifts and boats may not be more than ten feet in width.
  5. The seasonal rental fee is $500 per slip (sales tax not included).
  6. Applicants that succeed in securing a slip will have the opportunity to renew their slip rental and/or storage rental agreements through four seasons. After four seasons, applicants must re-enter the lottery.

For more information about sailboat slip rental, call 763.694.7750.

Winter Lift Storage

Off-season storage is available at French Regional Park from Oct. 1, 2017 through May 5, 2018.

The following rules and requirements apply:

  1. The off-season storage fee is $50.00 (sales tax not included).
  2. Owners are required to sign a seasonal storage contract.
  3. Owners must have lifts removed from the storage area by May 5, 2017.

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