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
4.6 miles of trails
The parks paved biking/hiking trails provide a loop between the visitor center and beach. The park is also a great place to begin an adventure on the connecting Medicine Lake and Bassett Creek Regional Trails.
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.
Construction Updates and Closures
The pavement resurfacing project will have intermittent impacts on the boat launch and boat rentals, check for updates.
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.
During 2017, all of the pavement within French Park will be resurfaced. Check the Construction page for updates and closures.
Contact the French Visitor Center at 763.694.7750 with further questions.
Temporary Park Entrance
Beginning July 7, the park entrance at Rockford Road will be closed for construction. A temporary entrance will be located at 36th Ave. N.
Open daily from 9 AM–5 PM
The visitor center parking lot is closed until Nov. 3. The overflow parking lot is open and located just west of the temporary entrance.
The sidewalk leading up to the visitor center will have periodic closures between Aug. 16 and Sept. 8 due to the installation of new concrete. A detour walkway to the visitor center will be established and marked with signage.
Open daily from 5 AM–10 PM
Dog Walking Trail
A temporary dog walking trail has been established for use during construction.
This 1-mile loop is paved and open, except for a short section between the Visitor Center parking lot and the first bridge. To bypass this unpaved section, travel southwest of the Visitor Center to utilize the turf trail and to reconnect with the paved trail.
Play Area Closed
The play area is closed for reconstruction and is anticipated to open in the summer of 2018. Learn more.
Programs and Events
Upcoming programs and events at French.
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.