OFF-LEASH DOG AREA
What Are They?
An "off-leash dog area" is the official term for a dog park. They are designated areas where 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.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation operates four off-leash areas throughout the parks system. Acreage of the sites is estimated. Click here to view a copy of the rules and locations brochure.
- Battle Creek Regional Park (Maplewood):
Size: 35 fenced acres
Access: Available from two parking lots at 2350 Upper Afton Road and 2357 Lower Afton Road.
Amenities: Located in the Lower Afton area of Battle Creek Regional Park, this site features wooded areas, prairie, walking trails, play areas, a community gathering area and access to natural swamp areas.
- Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park (White Bear Township):
Size: 10 fenced acres
Access: Parking lot at 5750 Otter Lake Road.
Amenities: Wooded terrain, footpaths, community gathering area and water access at boat launch.
Designated Small Dog Hours*:
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):
Size: 13 fenced acres
Access: 5959 Lexington Avenue
Amenities: Located within a regional trail corridor, this site features paths through prairie areas and play spaces.
Woodview Open Space (Roseville):
Size: 4 acres. Please note that the Woodview off-leash area is only partially fenced; the handicapped-accessible area is fully fenced.
Access: 481 Larpenteur Avenue
Amenities: Handicapped-accessible area, wooded terrain, trails and access to adjacent marsh area.
Designated Small Dog Hours* (35 pounds and under):
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.
Off-Leash Dog Area Rules:
- Dogs must be leashed before entering and when leaving the park.
- Use this park at your own risk. Owners are legally and financially responsible for the actions of their dogs.
- All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated. No female dogs in heat or puppies under 4 months of age are allowed.
- Owners must use a plastic bag to clean-up their dog’s feces/vomit, and place in trash containers provided.
- Your dog should be in sight and under verbal control at all times. Do not allow your dog to dig holes.
- No aggressive dogs allowed. If your dog exhibits aggressive or unruly behavior to either dogs or people, leash it and leave the park immediately.
- 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.)
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.
Dog 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
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