About Crosby Park
Crosby park is named after Thomas Crosby, an English immigrant who staked out 160 acres in the valley southwest of the present-day junction of Shepard Road and Interstate 35E in 1858. Before Crosby's death in 1886, the farm became one of the largest and longest running in the West End and Highland Park area. A succession of families farmed it between 1902 and 1962. The Saint Paul Port Authority purchased the land in the early 1960s and leased it to the City for park use. Today, Crosby's potential as a nature area accessible to the public may be realized.
With about 6.7 miles of paved trails, the park provides a beautiful setting for an afternoon's walk, run, or ride. Trails run along shady, wooded bottom lands next to the Mississippi River, along the marshes of Crosby Lake, past scenic picnic areas, and connects to the Mississippi River Boulevard parkway.
Expect to catch primarily pan fish in Crosby Lake and Upper Lake. One DNR official called the Mississippi River "the fishin' river of Minnesota." It has a fantastic array of game fish such as walleyes, sauger, northern pike and muskie. Standard state regulations apply to fishing on the Mississippi. Call (651)259-5831 for more fishing regulation information.
PARK RESERVATION INFORMATION
Crosby Shelter at Gannon Road and Crosby Farm Road seats approximately 50 people. Other amenities include a fire pit, barbecue grill, electricity and restrooms. Electricity is available at 110 volts. Multiple crock pots, coffee pots, roasters and other electric items may cause overloads on the power source.
Also available are the following: drinking fountain Watergate Marina, fishing in Upper lake, Crosby Lake and the Mississippi River.
Note: The possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited in this park.
Please call the Park Permit Office at 651-632-5111 for more information or to make a reservation. Office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Call Parkwatch at (651)646-3535:
- for help in resolving conflicts or potential conflicts occurring on park property.
- to report vandalism or other crimes occurring on park property. Call 911 in an emergency.
- DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR!
Dogs - Please remember that despite Crosby's wilderness setting, it is still a city park and subject to the same rules for dogs as any other City park. Pets must be licensed and secured by a leash six feet or less. Owners are required to carry clean-up materials for their pets' droppings. Anyone violating these rules are subject to ticketing. Remember, loose dogs and wildlife don't mix!
Skates/Skateboards/Bikes - may be used only on designated bike paths. Motorized vehicles have the right of way at all intersections with bike paths. Bicyclists are allowed only on bike paths and roads reserved for vehicular traffic.