Twin Cities water recreation accesses

Metro region couty outlines
Anoka | Carver | Dakota | Hennepin | Ramsey | Scott | Washington

Click on a county for a map and listing of all the public boat accesses, fishing piers, and shore fishing sites in that county.

Sailboat on a lake in the Twin Cities. John GregorMaps showing public boat accesses, fishing piers, shore fishing sites and public swimming beaches in the seven county metro area and fishing piers. You can go to the DNR's LakeFinder to find more details about the lake in which you are interested.

A print version of the Twin Cities Water Recreation Map is available from the DNR Information Center

  • e-mail: or
  • phone: (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR.

For public water access maps throughout the state, check the Public water access - county maps page.

Life Jackets. They Float. You Don't.Practice Sustainable Water Recreation!

  • Be courteous to other boater and water users!
  • Keep a reasonable distance from birds, wildlife, and aquatic vegetation.
  • Travel at safe speeds and be aware of the effect your wake has on the shoreline and other users.
  • Operate your watercraft at a slow no wake speed when appropriate.
  • Use watercraft that are the appropriate size and type for the water resource.
  • Boating doesn't require continuous movement; enjoy floating, anchoring, and beaching.
  • Conserve fuel by properly operating and maintaining your watercraft.
  • Don't litter and dispose of boat and sanitary wastes properly.

Stop Harmful Exotic Species - Minnesota waters are threatened by several species of exotic plants and animals that can be unknowingly spread by water recreationists. It is illegal to transport some of these species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, and ruffe on public roads or to launch a boat or trailer with these species attached.
To Stop the Spread of Exotic Species:

  • Remove any visible plants and animals from boat, trailer, and other boating equipment before leaving any lake or river.
  • Drain water from motor, livewell, bilge, and transomwells at the ramp or access before leaving any lake or river.
  • For more information contact the DNR Exotic Species Program at (651) 259-5100 or 1-888-646-6367.