We offer reserveable picnic sites with a variety of amenities throughout the city for family reunions, company picnics, and other outdoor gatherings.

Picnic Season

The picnic season runs April 15-October 15. You will need a permit to reserve a picnic site.

Permit Availability

  • 9 am-3 pm
  • 4 pm-10 pm
  • 9 am-10 pm

Call 612-230-6400, 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, for more information about picnic rates and facilities.

Sites & Rates

Reservable Picnic Sites

Beard's Plaisance

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Main Shelter
Capacity: 80
Half-Day: $175 plus tax
Full-Day: $350 plus tax

Boom Island

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Shelter A
Capacity: 45
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Shelter B
Capacity: 45
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Shelter C
Capacity: 45
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Columbia Park

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Main Shelter
Capacity: 125
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

North Mississippi

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Beaver Shelter A
Capacity: 50
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Turtle Shelter B
Capacity: 50
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Main Shelter C
Capacity: 150
Half-Day: $225 plus tax
Full-Day: $450 plus tax

Minnehaha Park

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4655 46th Ave S.

Wabun A

Capacity: 60
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Wabun B
Capacity: 60
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Wabun C
Capacity: 230
Half-Day: $225 plus tax
Full-Day: $450 plus tax

Wabun D
Capacity: 230
Half-Day: $225 plus tax
Full-Day: $450 plus tax

Wabun E
No roof
Capacity: 60
Half-Day: $75 plus tax
Full-Day: $150 plus tax

Wabun F
Capacity: 60
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Wabun G
Capacity: 60
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Minnehaha Area 2
No roof
Capacity: 80
Half-Day: $75 plus tax
Full-Day: $150 plus tax

Xcel Field

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Main Shelter
Capacity: 50
Half-Day: $125 plus tax
Full-Day: $250 plus tax

Rates are subject to change. Please call to verify information.

Non-Reservable Picnic Sites

You may use the following open picnic areas on a first come, first served basis:

  • Minnehaha picnic area #1
  • The pavilion near Minnehaha Falls
  • Lake Harriet #1 near the bandstand
  • Theodore Wirth near the beach
  • East River Flats

Many neighborhood parks also offer open picnic areas on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Application

Picnic Site Permits

We accept permit applications on a first paid, first served basis.

Returning Customers

Returning customers may reserve the same picnic shelter the next year up to 365 days in advance.

New Customers

New customers may submit a permit application for a picnic shelter beginning 335 days in advance.

Ways to Apply for a Permit:

Option 1: 

  • Online
  • Note: Tax exempt organizations are required to submit a paper application along with their certificate of exemption form to qualify for the tax exempt rate. Applying online is not available.

Option 2: 

Option 3: 

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Option 4:

Option 5:

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Option 6:

  • Call: 612-230-6400
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

We process applications in the order received.

Picnic Guidelines

A completed application must be submitted and appropriate fee must be paid before a site and date will be reserved or a permit issued.

Picnic Policies

  • No fires outside of grills
  • Picnic permit allows for 3.2 beer only; no kegs
  • No amplification allowed in parks
  • No additional equipment can be erected on park land such as tables, tents or canopies
  • One-time date change is allowed with Administrative Fee and 10 or more days notice from original booking date
  • No cancellations/refunds*

*Satisfaction Guarantee: A refund may be issued only if, on the day of your picnic, your reserved picnic area was not clean and ready for you.

FAQ

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May I bring a grill to a Minneapolis park?


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Are dogs allowed in picnic areas?


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Can I have alcohol at my picnic?


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Can I have an inflatable "bounce house" at my picnic?


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Is live music or a D.J. allowed at my picnic?


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If I get a picnic permit, do my guests still have to pay for parking?


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Can I cancel my permit if the weather is bad?


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Do I have access to electricity?


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What if there is a problem when I get to my reserved area? Whom do I call?


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How do I know which shelter is mine?


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Are bathrooms available?


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Can I set up additional structures (Tents, canopies, tables, dunk tanks, staging, etc.?)


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Can I use stakes?


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Can I have my picnic catered?


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Are there any food catering restrictions?


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Is fire allowed?


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Can I get married at a picnic location?


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