Dakota Woods Dog Park
Hours of Operation:
5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Size: 16 acres
Permit: $5 Daily pass, or $42.85 for an annual pass; see website for more details
Category: Dog Parks
This dog-and-people haven is fully fenced and has 16 acres for pups to enjoy. Open areas are ideal for doggies who like to run, chase and socialize. Walking trails allow for woodsy strolls, but if you'd like to sit and dog-watch, Dakota Woods accommodates with picnic tables.
- Fully Fenced
- Picnic Tables
- Walking Trails
March 25, 2015
Love this park... nicely fenced in, good mix of woods and open fields, well maintained, great group of dogs and people that go, easy to get to... Overall, definitely five paws!!
May 14, 2013
This dog park has a nice mix of traiils through wooded areas as well as a large open space for your dog to get their run on. I personally like the fact it has no open water for my dog to jump in and digest - no wet dog smell on that way home and no runny...well you know. There is plenty of shade in the wooded areas on the hot days and you may even see the occassional deer or turkey in the surrounding fields. It is surrounded by a compost site on one side so you may get a whiff of less than pleasant odors from time to time. And during the spring thaw the parking lot can be a hot mess since it is not paved but overall the pros far outweight the cons.
October 8, 2012
We have been park pass holders for 3 years and absolutely love this park. The only issue we have had has been the occassional bad owner or loud mouth "policer" I ignore them and enjoy the other people and the fun my dogs have. i enjoy the woodchips as it keeps the mud down in the spring and improves traction in the winter. New gates with cement pads at the entries are a solid improvement this year. They will cut the open area entirely next year as the experiment this summer was not well received and won't be repeated. I highly recommend it.
August 7, 2011
My husband and I bring our dogs to this park quite often. The trails are nice (bring your bug spray), and the open area is great for the dogs to run. An annual pass runs you about $40 and is good for up to two dogs. The only issue we've had at this park is with aggressive dogs - but I think you are going to run into that at any dog park. Make sure your pets are leashed walking into the park - there is a lot of traffic coming in and out. I would (and have) recommended this park to others.
August 1, 2011
Tried Dakota Woods this weekend and have to say that it did not go well. It started off with the dog jumping out of the car without her leash which she never does. My fault for not being vigilant enough because of the location, and since it is a rural area with no people outside for her to scare and no possibility of a walker happening by, I decided to go with it and just get her inside the park as quickly as possible. Before we could cover the 15 feet to the gate, a woman inside the park began to yell "leashes" over and over from across the fence. Even after I got my dog back on the leash she continued to yell at my husband and I about leashes. I realize she was just feeling protective of "her" park, but it was a very uncomfortable situation and I was embarrased for me, her, and the other people who quickly left the entry area. The park itself is fenced which is good, but the trails are a bit boring, they follow the fenceline and cut across in pretty predictable ways with nothing remarkable to see in between, though there is a good view of the landfill next door on one part of the path. They are heavily woodchipped which my dogs seemed to slip and stumble a bit with. It seems excessive (dirt trails with woodchips in congregating areas work just as well if not better) and likely contributes to the somewhat high usage fees for the area. The open area was full of waist high grass, tick heaven and noone was hanging out in them. The lack of ponds which is nice in some ways, left no way for my dogs to cool off and they overheated pretty quickly. If there are no other options, I would go back because the off leash experience is that important to us, however, there are other options and after the not-so-welcoming entry into the park, the unremarkable trails made this a somewhat bad experience and a park I won't be back to.
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