One of the many trails through the woods
This is the lake that dogs can swim in at Shawnee Mission dog park.
There are several trails that you can walk in near solitude down to the lake. It takes almost 15 minutes from entrance to the lake.
You can walk the busy main path to the lake or take a more secluded route on one of the many wooded trails. It's about a 15-minute walk to the lake. This is a big park!
This huge, dog beach is very popular. And it never gets muddy because of the paver stones.
Once you've walked the 15-minute paths, two paved trails lead down the hill to the beach. Come at dusk and you'll see an awesome sunset.
You can go back time after time and never end up on the same trail.
One of the many trails through the woods
This is the lake that dogs can swim in at Shawnee Mission dog park.

Description

Shawnee Mission Park, a multi-use, 1,600-acre park is located at 79th and Renner Road in Shawnee, Kansas. It is the largest park in the county and the most visited park in the entire state of Kansas.

A 53-acre off-leash dog park, one of the largest in the country, has hiking trails, large open spaces and a 200-foot dog beach.

Shawnee Mission Park is home to a number of fantastic amenities as well as a beautiful 120-acre lake. Our beautiful scenic lake is a very popular spot for boating, fishing, sail boarding, and much more. The park also has eleven spacious shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a disc golf course, and is a great place to enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and Shawnee Mission Park Marina. In season, there are canoes, pedal boats, and fishing boats available for rent at the marina.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Shawnee Mission Park has received a rating of 4.7 out of 5 bones by 7 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Dog Heaven, Trails with a Beach, Good Vibe

    This park is the closest you will get in the city to taking your dog into the wilderness and letting him go free. It's huge. It has trails, fields of long prairie-like grass for dogs to run through, and a rocky beach with nice water to swim in. The park is not *entirely* enclosed if you head deep into the woods on the sides.

    TIPS:
    -Bring poop bags--on nice days they run out.
    -No Human bathrooms--porta-potty in parking lot. Go in advance or visit the Marina.
    -One water fountain when you enter
    -Head straight on path to go to dog beach, head right to hike there via woods
    -Human swimming is not allowed on dog beach but people do it, rarely enforced
    -Don't leave valuables in your car, theft happens.
    -Very family friendly. Watch out for kids!

    My dog dog tears through the wooded section multiple times a week off-path. There were snake bites in 2012 but not reported recently. I believe it to be pretty safe here.

    No breed restrictions. A lot of people with power breeds come here to work their dogs so you will see GSDs, rotts, dobermans, mastiffs, pits, and danes. If you have a well-behaved dog, you are in good company no matter the breed and will meet a lot of friendly faces! The only issue we've had here is the same with any dog park--user error! People have brought female dogs in heat (every time a german short haired pointer) and caused a ruckus. Kansas is also very family friendly and there are more kids here than most places. People often bring small children to the park without parenting them, so be on the lookout for screaming toddlers that could get knocked over, kids misbehaving, and some dogs guarding young kids.

  • More than one year ago.
    Dog NIrvana

    I have traveled with my dogs across much of the U.S., plotting our route so they can expend energy at various dog parks from city to city. I have never found another dog park as good or as big as Shawnee Mission.

    This is a 53-acre dog park! It is designed with quite a variety of paths and terrain -- from a wide, level path that is frequented by many dogs -- to wooded trails where you can walk in shady solitude. Whichever path you choose, you'll end up at a very large, well maintained beach area where dogs can wade and swim in a beautiful coved area of this huge lake.

    That said, this park does not have any restrictions on breeds so you will see Pit Bulls (one of whom killed a smaller dog earlier last year). Also, there are not separate areas for small or big dogs. And you do need to have control over your dog, as this park is huge and not completely fenced.

    But, overall, as dog parks go, this one is nirvana.

  • More than one year ago.
    Copperheads!

    This is a GREAT park...in the late fall, winter, and early spring. Too risky to go any other time, though it is a real bummer because my dogs LOVE to swim in the lake. We really miss it, too, but there are too many Copperhead incidents. I cannot afford to have a heart attack carrying my dog(s) back up that hill, in the hopes that they get to the vet on time. I cannot afford vet bills of that magnitude. I cannot afford to suffer a poisonous snake bite, myself. Note that when I called the Parks department, some Einstein told me, "too bad; the snakes belong there; it is their home; we aren't going to go chasing snakes; if you don't like it, don't go." Well, I know several dogs have been bitten in the last year and a half. PLEASE EXTERMINATE THE COPPERHEADS. They are deadly. People exterminate snakes all the time; it isn't that big of a deal. Wondering why they think it's ok to shoot the deer, but find the poisonous snakes to be an acceptable risk to the general public and their pets??? What will they say when it's someone's kid who is bit, instead of someone's dog? WARNING: There is a serious problem at this park. Until the parks department accepts responsibility and professionally exterminates the poisonous snakes, this park is a danger to you, your children, and your pets.

  • More than one year ago.
    Good Park

    If you can survive the OCD dog owners you will love this place. Beware the dog park is not fully enclosed so if you have a wandering K9 it could be a while getting back to the car. By the way, dogs survive copperhead bites all the time. Stay on the main (mowed) grass area and you'll be fine.

  • More than one year ago.
    Worth the Travel Time

    I use to take Libra out there ever weekend and several times during the week for years. Now that I have moved to Mo, we don't get to go as often maybe every other weekend if we are lucky. I personally have never had a problem with these copperheads this other fellow speaks of. They paved a portion a few years back to make it handicap accessable and I think that helps keep people safe and where they belong in a dog park.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great dog park

    First time coming to an off leash dog park & we loved it! All the dogs were friendly, and so were the people that were there. Lilly our dog had a great time running free & saying hi to other dogs, she didn't seem too excited about the lake she's afraid of them for some reason but other than that this a great place to let your pets burn some energy off.

  • More than one year ago.
    A Great Park!

    I have taken my dogs to this park for years. It is a beautiful and wide open park and on weekdays not too crowded. People are usually very nice and friendly. The beach is terrific and the dogs really enjoy jumping in the water and playing.

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