Getting ready for the fishing opener in Three Rivers Parks

Can’t make it up north for the opener? Gas prices keeping people home? No cabin? No problem. Three Rivers Park District has some fishing and boating opportunities right here in the metro area. The Park District offers shore fishing and fishing piers at several area lakes, and provides boat access to numerous lakes including Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence and Medicine Lake.

Parking is free in Three Rivers Park District. However, a $5 daily or $35 season permit is required for boat trailer parking. Permits will be available at pay boxes near the boat launches and at park visitor and nature centers. Permits may also be ordered by phone at 763-559-9000. Minnesota fishing licenses are required for anglers ages 16 and older.

The Park District reminds boaters of its public-access procedures, which specify that once the boat launch parking lot is full, a motorized watercraft cannot be launched until a motorized watercraft leaves the lake. This policy includes personal watercraft. Vehicles hauling motorized watercraft without a trailer must comply with the procedures and will be required to park in the boat launch parking area. The public-access parking limits are in effect at Baker Park Reserve and at Bryant Lake, Fish Lake, French and Lake Minnetonka Regional Parks. Boat owners are reminded to check for Eurasian water milfoil and other invasive species before launching and when removing boats from the water. Boat operators are also reminded to pull the drain plug and drain live wells upon leaving.

The following are boating and fishing locations:

Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain

Lake Independence

• Muskies, walleye, Northern pike, largemouth bass, panfish

• Concrete launch with access for 58 motorized boats

• Launch spaces fill up early on weekends and holidays

• Rowboats, kayak and canoe rentals are available during summer

• Located on County Road 19, 1/4 mile south of County Road 24

Spurzem Lake

• Northern pike, panfish

• Concrete launch with access for 6 motorized boats

• Located on County Road 201, 1 mile east of County Road 19

Half Moon Lake

• Northern pike, panfish

• No gas motors

• Carry in access is off County Road 19; follow Half Moon Camp signs.

Bryant Lake Regional Park, Eden Prairie

Bryant Lake

• Northern pike, hybrid muskies, panfish

• Launch with access for 20 motorized boats

• 15 mph restriction noon to 6 p.m., Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day

• Launch spaces fill up early on weekends and holidays

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Rowboats and canoe rentals available during summer

• Located south of Highway 62 on Rowland Road

Carver Park Reserve, Victoria

Lake Zumbra

• Largemouth bass, Northern pike, panfish

• Non paved launch with access for 12 motorized boats

• Boat trailer parking permit not required

• Located on Park Drive, off Highway 5

Lake Auburn

• Largemouth bass, Northern pike, panfish, bullheads

• Non paved launch with access for 12 motorized boats

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Located on Carver Park Drive, west of County Road 11

Steiger Lake

• Panfish, bullheads; all other fish must be released

• Non paved launch with access for 12  motorized boats

• 15 mph speed limit

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Located on Steiger Lane

Parley Lake

• Largemouth bass, Northern pike, panfish, bullheads

• Non paved launch with access for four motorized boats

• Located north of Highway 5, off Township Road

Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake

Cleary Lake

• Sunfish, walleye, largemouth bass

• No gas motors; electric trolling motors allowed

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Located on Texas Avenue just south of Eagle Creek Avenue

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, on Mississippi River, Brooklyn Park

Mississippi River

• Shore fishing and wheelchair-accessible fishing dock on Brooklyn Park side for carp, smallmouth bass, Northern pike, muskies, panfish, rock bass, channel catfish, and sucker.

• Located on County Road 12, one mile north of  Highway 610

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers

Crow River

• Shore fishing for carp, smallmouth bass, Northern pike, muskie, panfish, rock bass, channel catfish, and sucker.

• Canoe access

• Located on County Road 116; river access just west of County Road 144

Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth

Eagle Lake

• Panfish, Northern pike, walleye

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Located on Bass Lake Road and Zachary Lane

Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove

Fish Lake

• Northern pike, bass, panfish

• Concrete launch with access for 12 motorized boats

• Launch spaces fill up early on weekends and holidays

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Rowboats and canoe rentals are available during summer

• Located 1.5 miles west of I 494, off County Road 10

French Regional Park, Plymouth

Medicine Lake

• Largemouth bass, Northern pike, panfish

• Concrete launch with access for 52 motorized boats (shallow access)

• Launch spaces fill up early on weekends and holidays

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Rowboats and canoe rentals are available during summer

• Located on County Road 9, 3/4 mile east of I 494

Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista

Whaletail Lake

• Panfish, largemouth bass, Northern pike

• Carry-in canoe access 1/2 mile from main parking lot

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Canoe and storage rack rental are available. Call 763/694-2001 to reserve a canoe rack

• Located on County Road 110

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington

Hyland Lake

• Largemouth bass, panfish, muskies; bass between 12” and 16” in length must be returned to the water

• No gas motors; electric trolling motors are allowed

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Rowboats and canoe rentals are available during summer

• Access located off East Bush Lake Road near park Visitor Center

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Minnetrista

Lake Minnetonka

• Muskies, walleye, Northern pike, largemouth bass, panfish

• Concrete launch with access for 48 motorized boats

• Fishing pier is wheelchair accessible

• Located north of Highway 7, off County Road 44

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford

Lake Rebecca

• Largemouth bass, muskies, walleye, panfish, bullheads; muskies under 48” in length must be returned to the water

• Concrete launch with access for 28 boats

• Canoe access

• No gas motors; electric trolling motors are allowed

• Two fishing piers are wheelchair accessible

• Rowboats and canoe rentals are available during summer

• Located two miles west of Highway 55, on County Road 50

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage

Murphy Lake

• Panfish, walleye, bullheads

• Boat launch with parking for five trailers

• No gas motors; electric trolling motors only

• Located on County Road 75

North Mississippi Regional Park, Brooklyn Center/Minneapolis

Mississippi River

• Carp, smallmouth bass, Northern pike, muskies, panfish, rock bass, channel catfish, and sucker.

• Shore fishing and wheelchair-accessible fishing piers

• Located off I-94 and 49th Avenue N.

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