Fish Lake Regional Park provides outdoor recreation opportunities in a wooded lakeside setting. Families can enjoy swimming, boating or ice fishing on Fish Lake. On land, they can picnic, hike, bike the trails and geocache. This park is especially scenic in the fall.
In the winter, the park maintains trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. Dog owners rejoice - there's a fully-fenced dog off-leash area. Leashed dogs are welcome on paved walking paths.
10 Ideas for Family Fun at Fish Lake Park
- Hit the beach. This is an unguarded beach generally open all summer. Find a sand volleyball court near the beach.
- Go for a family bike ride along the paved trails. Wind along the lake and through wooded areas.
- Hike. The same trails that are great for biking are great for hiking.
- Bring the family pet. There are both dog trails and an an off-leash pet area ($6/day or $45/year to use).
- Rent kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards for some fun on the water.
- Go fishing. Bring your gear and your license if you are over 16.
- Geocache. This park does NOT loan equipment, so you will need to bring your own. Learn more here.
- Play yard games. The beach pavilion has equipment available to rent for bocce ball, croquet, horseshoes and volleyball. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own yard game equipment.
- Pack a picnic. There are picnic tables and grills at the park.
- Snowshoe in winter. When you can't hike or bike, put on the snowshoes and hit the trails
Fish Lake Regional Park Beach
The Fish Lake beach is free, but unguarded, and is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Restrooms and rentals are available at the nearby pavilion.
Fishing with Kids in Fish Lake MN
The Minnesota DNR has designated Fish Lake as a kids pond as part of its Fishing in the Neighborhood program. This indicates that it is a good place for beginners and children to learn the sport of fishing. Fish species in this lake include Bluegill, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Bullhead. The fishing pier is located along the walking trails. A fishing license is required for those age 16+ in all Three Rivers Parks.
Fish Lake Park Wildlife
Fish Lake is part of the Three Rivers Park District's Wood Duck Management Program. Volunteers maintain and monitor wood duck boxes at this and other district parks. For the last 50 years the volunteers have documented wood duck use of these boxes and the results hae been very successful. According to Three Rivers, the best time to watch wood ducks, swans and other water fowl is in the spring and fall.
Fish Lake Regional Park Maps
Three Rivers has created three maps of Fish Lake Park, including paved and unpaved walking trails. You can also find key spots on our map at the bottom of this article.
Birthday Parties at Fish Lake Regional Park
The Park's Pavilion is available to rent and holds up to 75 people and can be rented by the day. Included in the rental is a fireplace, large kitchen, heat, air conditioning, projector, TV-DVD and two large grills. The beach and trails are close.
Keep in mind that Fish Lake Regional Park is a zero waste facility you will be required to use reusable dinnerware, tablecloths, napkins and/or compostable substitutes. For more information, visit the Three Rivers Site. If you choose to have your birthday party catered, there is an approved caterers list for Three Rivers parks.
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