The Best Dog Parks in St. Paul, MN, and Surrounding Areas

best dog parks st paul mn

Are you wondering where to take your pup for some socialization, play and exercise? There are several amazing dog parks in St Paul and surrounding suburbs. Check ‘em out! Make sure to visit the park websites for specific rules and requirements.

High Bridge Dog Park – St Paul

The High Bridge Dog Park is a 7-acre, former coal power plant site that was given to the city for operation as a dog-park following clean-up in May 2012. Thanks to a land-use agreement with Xcel Energy/NSP-Minnesota, the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department operates the High Bridge Dog Park. High Bridge Dog Park is located just south of Shepard Road, west of Upper Landing, north of the River, and just beneath the Smith Ave High Bridge.

Lowertown Dog Park – St Paul

Located near CHS Field, Lowertown Dog Park is completely fenced in and is a designated off-leash area. The park was given a complete renovation during the construction of CHS Field.

Arlington/Arkwright Off-Leash Dog Park – St Paul

Spread across over 20 acres of land, Arlington Arkwright Park is home to a dog park, skate park, baseball field, soccer field, outdoor basketball court, two tennis courts and a picnic area. Arlington Arkwright Park is home to a nearly 5 acre off-leash dog area that winds through a well-shaded forest and also contains a sizable open area.

Arlington Arkwright Park is located at the intersection of Arlington and Arkwright, four blocks east of 35E. The baseball field is home to Saint Paul Men’s Amateur Baseball League games, American Legion baseball games, and high school baseball games. The soccer field hosts a variety of adult and youth soccer activities.

Meeker Island Dog Park – St Paul/Minneapolis

The Meeker Island Dog Park is located adjacent to Meeker Island Historic Lock and Dam site, the site of the first and northernmost lock and dam on the Mississippi. The site is located just west of the intersection of Eustis Street and N Mississippi River Blvd near the border of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

The park is located along the river at the bottom of the bluff and can be accessed from the entrance along the Mississippi River Blvd trail. It features a dog run and a dog beach. There is no fence surrounding the park, which is bordered by the Mississippi River and the steep river bluffs.

Kaposia Landing Dog Park – South St Paul

Kaposia Landing Off-Leash Dog Area, is a 6.3 acre fenced area that offers dogs and their owners the only legal dedicated area to run, recreate and train without a leash in the city. It features river overlooks, and nearly two miles of paved trails. The park also features a specialty area for small/frail/timid dogs. In 2017, five new athletic fields for softball and baseball opened in addition to a centrally-located concession and restroom building on the north end of the park.

Battle Creek Off-Leash Dog Park – Maplewood

Battle Creek Dog Park is a Ramsey County Off Leash Dog Park in Maplewood, Minnesota. It is a spacious 35-acre area that is fully fenced in. The dog park has miles of wooded trails, two small ponds and one larger swimming pond that is fenced off, 3 entrance gates*, two “playgrounds” and lots of friendly people. There is no water (besides the ponds), so be sure to bring some.

Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park – Minneapolis

Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park has seven off-leash recreation areas for your dog to run, play, and meet new friends.

Looking for Tips for St. Paul Dog Park Etiquette and Rules?

If you’re looking for helpful tips on doggie etiquette and rules on how to help dogs get along at a dog park, veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Sophia Yin, has that covered.

For questions about dog park tips or other questions regarding your pet, please contact our animal hospital team at St. Paul Pet Hospital.