Pig’s Eye Regional Park is a former landfill that was remediated and converted into a large park in Saint Paul. It has over 400 acres of land and a 500-acre lake. Family-friendly amenities include and archery range, hiking trails and bird-watching areas, including one of the largest urban heron and egret rookeries in the Midwest. It is also a good place to watch eagles.
5 Fun Things for Families at Pig's Eye Regional Park
- Hike. There are plenty of trails to hike along while enjoying nature at this park.
- Fish. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of fishing. According to the MN DNR, you could catch Walleye, Sauger,
Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Northern Pike and Catfish in Pig's Eye Lake.
- Go Birding. You may possibly see eagles, heron, egret or dabbling ducks. Not sure how to get started? We've made a Birding Checklist: What to Pack Bird Watching
- Practice Archery. Pig's Eye Park is has the only archery range in the St. Paul Park System. See more below.
- Take a Picnic. With 400 acres of land, there is plenty of space to spread a blanket and enjoy a lunch while kids run out their energy.
Pig’s Eye Regional Park Archery Range
The archery range, located on Warner Road, is open spring through fall from sunrise to sunset. The range has six targets, including one paved, ADA accessible lane. Because of the size of this range, crossbows are discouraged and broadhead arrows are not allowed. The range is free to use and first come, first serve - unless it has been reserved. Reservations can be made through the Permit Office.
Recent Renovations at Pig's Eye Regional Park
Some major renovations are currently taking place at the park. Fish Hatchery Trail, which runs through the park, is open with temporary repairs completed fix stormwater run off, but a more permanent solution will have to be considered when funding is availalbe. In the spring of 2018, Saint Paul Natural Resources planted thousands of trees throughout the park as part of its flooplain forest enhancement initiative. The trees were planted to augment the resilience of the ecosystem in the face of climate change and to improve the overall habitat and recreational value of the site.