Riley Lake Park in Eden Prairie has family-friendly amenities that include a sandy beach, a playground, historic buildings, bike trail and sports courts and fields. The park offers a boat ramp and fishing pier on Riley Lake. There is a drinking fountain available.
The boat launch area was recently renovated and reopened in July of 2018. The project included re-configuring the boat trailer parking area and adding additional parking stalls. The playground lot was also resurfaced in May of 2019. Other park renovations included expanding the beach, creating designated picnic areas and adding more seating areas.
Riley Lake Park Beach
The newly expanded beach at Riley Lake is one of three public beaches in Eden Prairie. It is not a large beach, but it offers a boat launch, picnic tables, grills and a sand volleyball court. Find More Twin Cities Beaches here.
A unique features of this park is the Riley-Jacques Farmstead located within the park. The one-and-a-half story red brick house was constructed with Shakopee bricks in 1881 and the dairy barn, built from nearby trees, was added in 1928. While the house is not open to the public, the barn now is used for both recreational and rental uses. A third structure, the log Dorenkemper House, was moved to the park from its original Pioneer Trail location in 2002. The exact date of construction is not known, but the house has been in the Dorenkemper family since 1867.
Birthday Parties at Riley Lake Park
Eden Prairie park facilities are only available for rent by Eden Prairie residents and businesses. Riley Park offers two rental options for private events such as Birthday Parties. See our Ultimate Birthday Guide for more birthday party ideas.
The Riley-Jacques Barn (9100 Riley Lake Road), can be rented from May 1st through November 1st. Rental includes tables and chairs. There is a 2-hour minimum, and the barn holds between 75-125 people.
The pavilion at this park is available to Eden Prairie Residents to rent April through October, and provides electricity and approximately 16 8-foot picnic tables with a maximum capacity of 200 people.