dogpark.jpgWhat Are They?

An "off-leash area" ​means any area designated by a governing body within which dogs, under the effective control of their owners, keepers or guardians, may be off leash. Off-leash dog areas:
  • Provide an opportunity for dogs to exercise and socialize
  • Vary in size and characteristics and have different terrains
  • Have amenities that make it clear that dogs are invited, not just permitted
  • May include pathways, benches or picnic tables.
Learn more about current news on the off-leash dog areas by reviewing the recent newsletters below. Want to receive the newsletters in your inbox? Click here to subscribe​!
Please remember to not leave any valuables in your vehicle while visiting the off-leash areas. Place any purses or bags in the trunk before arriving at the off-leash area; thieves can observe you placing these items in the trunk if you wait until you arrive. Click here for more information on what to do if you are the victim of a crime​.

Socialization - It's Well Beyond the Dog Park

What is socialization? To be social means to be accepting and comfortable with the culture and behaviors of a community. Our dogs are forced to live within our human community, with human behaviors, and the sights and sounds of our culture. It is our responsibility to socialize our dogs so they can feel relaxed and not threatened as they go through life in our world.  


dogpark2.jpgRamsey County Parks and Recreation operates four off-leash areas at the following locations. Acreage of the sites is estimated. Click here to view a copy of the rules and locations brochure​.
  • Battle Creek Regional Park (Maplewood):
    The Battle Creek site is 35 acres and is located in the Lower Afton area of Battle Creek Regional Park. Access is available from two parking lots at 2350 Upper Afton Road and 2357 Lower Afton Road. 

  • Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park (White Bear Township):
    The Otter Lake site, located at 5750 Otter Lake Road, is 10 acres and is entirely fenced. 
    • The Otter Lake area holds Designated Small Dog Hours* during the following times:
      Tues. 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
      *Service dogs, regardless of size, are allowed in the Otter Lake Off-Leash Dog Area at all times, including during designated small dog hours.​

  • Rice Creek Regional Trail Corridor (Shoreview):
    The Rice Creek site is 13 acres and located at 5959 Lexington Avenue.

  • Woodview Open Space (Roseville):
    The Woodview site, located at 481 Larpenteur Avenue, is 4 acres. This site also has a handicapped accessible area that is entirely fenced
    • The Woodview site holds Designated Small Dog Hours* (35 pounds and under) during the following times:
      Tues. 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Thurs. 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.,
      Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., and Sun. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      *Service dogs, regardless of size, are allowed in the Woodview​ Off-Leash Dog Areas at all times, including during designated small dog hours.
Please note: Dogs allowed on-leash on bituminous only in the Sucker-Vadnais Lakes Property.

Off-Leash Dog Area Rules:

  1. Dogs must be leashed before entering and when leaving the park.
  2. Use this park at your own risk. Owners are legally and financially responsible for the actions of their dogs.
  3. All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated. No female dogs in heat or puppies under 4 months of age are allowed.
  4. Owners must use a plastic bag to clean-up their dog’s feces/vomit, and place in trash containers provided.
  5. Your dog should be in sight and under verbal control at all times. Do not allow your dog to dig holes.
  6. No aggressive dogs allowed.  If your dog exhibits aggressive or unruly behavior to either dogs or people, leash it and leave the park immediately.
  7. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult and should be educated about safe behavior around dogs (no running, screaming, food, etc.)

dog.jpgDog Park Guardian Program

The Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for an individual(s) to volunteer to be our point person(s), acting as the communication link between the park users and the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation  Department. The primary responsibilities of the Dog Park Guardian(s) are:
  • To help identify maintenance issues within the park
  • To act as spokesperson for park users, bringing to the attention of the Parks and Recreation Department issues to be resolved or suggestions for site improvements
  • The goal of this program is to improve communication and expectations between users of our dog parks and our maintenance and operations division.
If you would be interested in helping to fulfill this important community need and/or would like more information about our Dog Park Guardian Program, please contact Jennifer Fink, Recreation Services Supervisor, at​ or 651-748-2500 x333.

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Off-leash Dog Park Locations
Off-leash Dog Areas