High Paw-raise: Your Fave MN Dog Parks

Although we dig dog parks year-round, this furbulous fall has us squeezing in as much outside playtime as paw-sible. On the tail of our recent post about your dog park pet peeves, we give you a compilation of your fave off-leash romping grounds:

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Photo: Minnehaha Off-Leash Recreation Area (Facebook page)

East Side
Linda B.’s pooch ruvs the Rice Creek North Trail Corridor Off-Leash Area (Shoreview) and Mindy N. and her dog frequent the Lauderdale Dog Park, their “friendly neighborhood dog park.” High Bridge Dog Park (St. Paul) draws Victoria F. and her dog because of its “great size — not too huge, not too small, yet busy enough that the dogs can keep each other company.” And Maplewood’s huge Battle Creek Dog Park remains a top destination for many due in large part to the varied terrain that includes trails, hills, fields, and ponds. B.C.’s shout-outs included Ivan F. noting the allure of deer sightings and Amy A. calling it one of their “special excursion” parks.

West Side
Emily B. likes to head to Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park (Minneapolis), one of the metro’s crown jewels in which wooded trails lead you to the ultimate doggie date destination, the sandy banks of the Mighty Miss. Bryant Lake Dog Park in Eden Prairie wins Amy A.’s patronage for “everyday outings.” (Lucky dog!)  

Katie B. prefers the Elm Creek Off-Leash Dog Park (Champlin) because of “the wooded trails and open areas, plus the fenced-off pond.” She notes, “It’s great for dogs who would rather run through the woods than wrestle with friends.” Amy A. also puts this one in her “special excursion” column.

The Bloomington Off-Leash Recreation Area boasts a large central field which Katrina N. likes because her dog “doesn’t have the best recall” and she can find him easily if he chooses not to hear her. Vicki K. and her speedster head to Kaposia Landing Off-Leash Dog Area (South St. Paul) to take advantage of the “big open space where we can sprint.” Plus, she likes that the flat landscape and minimal foliage help her keep track of her runner.

That moment you finally meet someone taller than you. #tallgirlproblems Photo: @dottiethegreatdane/Instagram

Dottie finally met someone taller than her at St. Anthony dog park. #tallgirlproblems Photo: @dottiethegreatdane/Instagram

A few SWD pack dogs just HAD to weigh in, too:

  • Brody thinks Minnehaha is pawesome with its sheer size and swimming spots.
  • Dottie’s favorite is the St. Anthony Parkway Off-Leash Dog Park (Minneapolis). “By favorite,” her mom clarifies, “I mean she isn’t as velcroed to me as normal.”
  • Hurley’s main requirement is mud, and the Lake Minnewashta Off-Leash Park (Chanhassen) always has several slimy spots (plus a nearby lake that’s perfect for a rinse).

Wherever you choose to let your dog cavort with leashless abandon, be sure to be considerate of other pups and their people. And after you go, please swing by our Dog Park Directory and share your thoughts!

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