Archery Ranges around the Twin Cities


Several area parks have archery ranges. Some offer programs that provide everything you need to try out the sport. The DNR even offers free archery programs in some State Parks.

If you are interested in learning archery as a family, you may want to start with the Minnesota State Archery Association’s article on Starting Kids in Archery. It has tips for getting the right equipment and finding mentors.

Note that Minneapolis Parks that offer archery provide the space and the hay bales, the rest is the responsibility of the guest. However, they do offer Archery in the Parks program at neighborhood parks throughout the City. Information on this can be found on the Minneapolis Park’s website by searching keyword “archery”). There are many Three Rivers archery programs for families throughout the year that provide all the equipment, basics and safety training during a two-hour class. If you just want to dabble in the sport, this may be a good place to start..

Archery Ranges at Three Rivers Parks

Carver Park Reserve Archery – Image Courtesy Three Rivers Parks

Minneapolis Parks with Archery Ranges

Columbia Park
The range is not reservable. Bring your own equipment and targets, hay bales are provided.

Ed Solomon Park
This is an undeveloped park at 58th St and 13th Ave. Hay bales provided.

Lake Calhoun Park
Non-reservable range. Equipment and targets are not provided, but hay bales are on site.

Lake Harriet Park
The range is not reservable. Bring your own equipment and targets. Hay bales are provided.

Theodore Wirth Park
The range is not reservable. Bring your own equipment and targets. Hay bales are provided.

St Paul Parks with Archery Ranges

Pig’s Eye Regional Park
Located at 1200 Warner Rd and open sunrise to sunset during the spring through fall. The range has six targets, and one paved, ADA accessible lane with turn-around pads at 10 and 20 yards. There is no cost to use the range, but bring your own equipment. Reservations can be made.

North Metro Parks

ANDOVER: Bunker Hills Regional Park
Bunker Hills has several different types of ranges and costs only $3/pp. Bring your own equipment.

BROOKLYN PARK: Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
No permanent range, but offers family archery programs w/ equipment provided. Ages 8 & up, $10/pp (discount for groups of 4+),

MAPLE GROVE: Elm Creek Park Reserve
30-acre archery range is on the northwest side of the park. Daily pass required $6/adult; kids free or annual pass $35.

East Metro Parks

LAKE ELMO: Lake Elmo Park Reserve
A year-round seven target archery range with yard markers and shooting stands. This the only range in Washington County parks. Open during park hours. A $7 vehicle permit is required.

MAPLEWOOD: Keller Regional Park
The archery course has 12 lanes and is free to use during park hours; bring your own equipment.

South Metro Parks

BELLE PLAINE: Belle Plaine Archery Park
A park dedicated to the sport of archery. Use of the park is free; bring your own equipment.

BURNSVILLE: Burnsville Archery Site
Located off Zenith Avenue. Open year round featuring 11 targets at various lengths. Kids under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own equipment.

CHASKA: Firemen’s Park
Archery lessons are given in partnership with Carver Park Reserve.

LAKEVILLE: Ritter Farm Park
Youth archery lessons are given during the summer.

LONSDALE: Rezac Nature Preserve
The archery course includes six stationary targets, two portable targets, and concrete pads where archers can stand and shoot. Bring your own equipment. Each target can accommodate up to 2 archers. It is free to use and open during park hours.

NEW PRAGUE: Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park
No permanent range, but offers family archery programs. Learn archery basics, shoot at targets and play games. Equipment provided, $10/pp (discount for 4+).

PRIOR LAKE: Cleary Lake Regional Park
No permanent range, but offers family archery programs. Learn archery basics and shoot at stationary targets. Equipment provided, $10/pp (discount for 4+).

SAVAGE: Hidden Valley Park
The park occasionally hosts outreach programs from Three Rivers Park District. The course is 100 yards long with 2 targets. Bring your own equipment.

West Metro Parks

EDEN PRAIRIE: Staring Lake Park
Features 12 stations at ranges from 10 to 40 yards. The range is free and open for use during park hours (6 a.m.–10 p.m.), unless it is being used for a Park & Rec program. Bring your own equipment.

MAPLE PLAIN: Baker Park Reserve
No permanent range, but offers family archery programs at $10/pp (discount for 4+ people) where you can learn basics and shoot at 3-D targets. Ages 8 & up only.

VICTORIA: Carver Park Reserve
Stationary archery range open year-round; walk-through course is open April 1 to mid-November. Daily pass required $6/adult; kids free or annual pass $35.

 

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Where to Start With Archery?

Many of the park archery ranges, including Minneapolis, require you to bring your own equipment. A search for a “beginner set” on Amazon left me a bit overwhelmed. Do I buy the rubber-tipped beginner sets? Will they work with a standard archery range? The sets without rubber tips tend to be for shooters taller than me and definitely taller than my kids. The example above is one I found with really good reviews. (Note that if you shop through this link, FFTC receives a small commission on sales). I am leaning toward starting with a Family Archery program through Three Rivers Park District. At $10 per person, the price of this class for a family adds up quickly, but it may beat purchasing a starter kit and getting it wrong.

Map of Twin Cities Archery Ranges

The map below is a public Google map of archery ranges. It was not created by Family Fun Twin Cities. We have no control over the contents. However, it suggests parks in addition to the ones we have listed and offers links to reviews.

 


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