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4425 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan MN 55122 55122
(651) 675-5500
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 05:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tue. 05:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wed. 05:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thu. 05:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Fri. 05:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat. 05:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sun. 05:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Thomas Lake Park is a 60-acre park in Eagan, recognized for native prairie restoration project. Families can look for a variety of species of grasses, flowers and other vegetation observe the changes of the seasons when exploring the park. You may even see wildlife – like deer and water fowl – if you visit at the right time. The pavilion has restrooms available. There is off-street parking available off Pilot Knob Road.

8 Ideas for Family Fun at Thomas Lake Park

  1. Let the kids play on the playground. It is small and geared toward younger kids (ages 2-5 years old), but it is close to the picnic pavilion so parents can rest in the shade while the kids play.
  2. Volley a Ball around the sand volleyball court. We’ve started keeping a playground ball* in the car for opportunities like this.
  3. Take a nature walk. The paved walking paths loop around the lake through wooded areas, prairies and wetlands.  Expect an approximately 2.5-mile walk
  4. Fish Thomas Lake.
  5. Try Pond Dipping off the fishing dock
  6. Download the “Little Habitats on the Prairies” resource from the Minnesota DNR’s Young Naturalist program and “explore the elements that make up a prairie landscape” before, after or even during your visiting.
  7. Pack a picnic. The park has a charcoal grill, fire ring, and reservable pavilion.
  8. Cross Country Ski in the winter.

Fishing Thomas Lake

According to the Minnesota DNR you might find Bluegill, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass and Bullhead in this lake. The DNR also recommends canoe fishing in this lake. Find more ideas for Fishing the Twin Cities here.

Fishing Thomas Lake

Birthday Parties in the Pavilion

The pavilion can be rented for private events like birthday parties. It accommodates up to 150 people and amenities include restrooms, running water and electricity, a charcoal grill and fire ring, and picnic tables.  Pricing varies depending on time and residency. Find Current Rates here.

Virtual Tour of Thomas Lake Park

The City of Eagan created this virtual tour of Thomas Lake Park:

*This article contains an affiliate link to Imagine Childhood’s playground ball.  Family Fun Twin Cities receives a small commission on any purchases through our site. Our affiliates and sponsors help us to keep our services free to parents.

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