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Three-Rivers Park District's Dog-Friendly and Off-Leash Activities and Activity Areas Around Minneapolis, MN

Updated on September 28, 2013

Contents

About The Three Rivers Park District

Off-Leash Dog Areas

Hiking with your Dog

Skijoring with your Dog

Dog Sledding (great video!)

For More Information About Dog-Friendly Activities

About the Author

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About The Three Rivers Park District

The Three Rivers Park District is a park system in the west-suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area of Minnesota. Together, the parks in this district manage almost 27,000 acres of park reserves, regional parks, regional trails, and special-use facilities.

"The mission of Three Rivers Park District is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system."

The name "Three Rivers" comes from the parks' geography, situated within the watersheds that flow into three significant rivers to this region: the Mississippi, the Minnesota and the Crow.

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Off-Leash Dog Areas

Off-leash play-time helps maintain the physical and mental health of dogs because it gives them the socialization and exercise they need. Owners can enjoy the scenery and meet each other at the same time.

Park name
Acres
Fenced?
Bryant Lake Regional Park
9.3
Yes
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
40
Yes
Carver Park Reserve
27
Yes
Elm Creek Park Reserve
29
Yes
Cleary Lake Regional Park
28
Yes
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve
40
No
Off-leash Dog Areas in Three-Rivers Park District

Before you go to the off-leash dog park, however, be sure to check out the park's rules and agreements for the off-leash dog areas as well as following all other park ordinances. For example, visitors need to carry or display a $5 daily or $30 annual dog off-leash pass, puppies under 4 months of age are not permitted, owners must have certification of a rabies vaccination for each pet, and up to two dogs per handler are allowed in the area at a particular time.


For more information: Refer to the Three Rivers Park District's Activities page.

Hiking with your Dog

Go hiking on paved, regional, or skijoring/dog sledding trails with your dog at one of the 13 Three-Rivers Park District locations listed below. Get out of the house and spend a day of quality time with man's best friend -- and get good exercise too!

Just be sure to follow all park rules, including that your dog must stay on a 6-foot, non-retractable leash, and of course never forget permits/passes and picking up after your dog.

For more information: Visit the dog trails page of Three-Rivers Park District.

Park name
Miles of trails
Baker Park Reserve
12.5
Bryant Lake Regional Park
2
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
3.2
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
7.8
Hyland Lake Park Reserve
9
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
4.2
Fish Lake Regional Park
3
Carver Park Reserve
9.1
Eagle Lake Regional Park
1
Elm Creek Park Reserve
20
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
4.6
Cleary Lake Regional Park
5.3
Clifton E. French Regional Park
4.6
Dog trails in Three-Rivers Park District

Skijoring with your Dog

What exactly is skijoring? There's dog sledding. And there's also cross-country skiing. Skijoring is sort of a combination of these two sports: the person is on cross-country skis and the dog, tied to the skier, helps pull the skier along. For an introduction to this sport, take a minute to watch this video.

Participate in this fun sport at any of the Three-Rivers Park District locations listed below. Just be sure to follow all park rules, and of course never forget permits/passes and picking up after your dog.

For more information: Visit the Three-Rivers Park District's skijoring and dog sledding page.

Park name
Miles of trails
Baker Park Reserve
4
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
5.5
Elm Creek Park Reserve
9
Cleary Lake Regional Park
1.3
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve
5

Three Rivers Park District has almost 25 total miles of trails in 5 different parks available for dog sledding and other winter sport activities.

Until the trails are snow-covered, dog sleds with rubber wheels can be used at Murphy-Hanrehan and Crow-Hassan, which also require a pass to use. Call 763-559-9000 to get a dog sledding pass for these two trails.

If you've got dogs with a lot of energy, participate in this fun sport at any of the Three-Rivers Park District locations listed below. Just be sure to follow all park rules, and of course never forget permits/passes and picking up after your dog.

For more information: Visit the Three-Rivers Park District's skijoring and dog sledding page.

Park name
Miles of Trails
Baker Park Reserve
4
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve
5.5
Elm Creek Park Reserve
9
Cleary Lake Regional Park
1.3
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve
5

About the Author

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