Commute Solutions staff have prepared a brand new Biking and Fishing Guide for Anoka County. This guide helps residents combine two great outdoor activities they might normally do separately, all while trying out great cycling infrastructure throughout Anoka County.
This is an interactive map showing locations identified by Anoka County Commute Solutions as locations ideal for people looking to bike to fishing spots around the County. Nearby counties are not currently included but may be added later.
We tried to limit sites to public piers, but some locations offer shorefishing only. Always follow the park, city, county, and state/DNR rules and regulations. Be a respectful cyclist and angler!
Green fishing icons are optimized for bike-fishing
Dark blue bus icons are major intersections or areas for Metro Transit bus service
Yellow train icons are Northstar Commuter Rail stations
Blue fishing icons are County parks designated as parks with fishing by Anoka County Parks and recreation.
Red shopping cart icons indicate bait and tackle shops.
Consider Gear - for both Biking and Fishing
Aside from being two great outdoor activities you can do for a lifetime, cyclists and anglers alike take their gear seriously. But you don't need to be a hardcore enthusiast of either to enjoy Anoka County's rich natural resources, growing cycling infrastructure, and abundant parkland. Here are some things we recommend for beginners to both activities:
U-Lock or other strong bike lock
Spare parts, like a bike tube and chain, and tools for long or remote rides
Basket and/or pannier bags to hold bait and tackle, snacks, etc
Cooler to hold fileted catches (if you aren't angling for catch-and-release)
Appropriate tackle for the type of fishing you are doing
Know Before You Go
Research your route before you head out, especially if you are new to city cycling. Some major routes, like the Mississippi River Regional Trail, require some amount of shared road cycling.
Services like Google Maps may provide "bikeable" routes, but they don't account for real-world conditions. It is good to know an alternative route should you need one. Strava, a fitness community app, is a great way to see heat maps of where other cyclists are riding.
In Minnesota, bicyclists are permitted to bike on sidewalks except within central business districts. For example, biking on sidewalks is prohibited in downtown Anoka, but you may still bike on shared-use paths. For most Anoka County residents, sidewalk cycling is permitted.
Do an "ABC" check on your bike before you leave - check the air, brakes, and chain to ensure your bike is in working order. Learn more about basic bike checks on the League of American Bicyclists' website.