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Minnehaha Regional Park

Bring your dog for a hike along the gorgeous waterfalls at the pet-friendly Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis, MN. This recreation area has hiking trails through the woods and doggy access to the Mississippi River. An off-leash permit is required to gain admittance. Bring quarters for parking meters. Visit Website

Or call (612) 230-6400 or email info@minneapolisparks.org for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Minnehaha Regional Park has received a rating of 4.7 out of 5 bones by 15 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Stephanie
    May 7, 2023
    So great on hot days

    It can get a little crowded at times because it is on the river and you can let the dogs splash around in the water. So many lakes and ponds are too dangerous for that by mid-summer, that this place is even more special and fun for them.

  • Kierstin
    Oct 9, 2022
    Top Notch Dog Park

    One of the best dog parks in terms of activity options (water, hiking, etc). Enjoyable for both the doggo and owner. Plan to walk and don’t bring strollers - more rugged than the average off-leash park. Hiking near the Mississippi, lower and upper trail options depending on your dogs preferences. Highly recommend a dog with good recall skills as this park is massive. However, it’s also a great place to give your dog some freedom safely. One thing to note: the beginning of your walk is not fenced in so best to keep on the leash until you enter the actual off-leash area. You will see plenty of signs and some allow their dogs off leash in these areas. My girl loves chasing squirrels and other wooded creatures so I don’t risk it. If your dog loves to swim, I can guarantee a muddy/wet/happy dog by the end of your adventure!
    Additional info: You will have to pay for parking as well as a day or annual pass for the dog park. Again, totally worth the cost as this is a unique dog park.

    Enjoy!! We are new to the area and will be back🐶

  • Chad
    May 15, 2019
    One of the Best Around, but $35?

    Minnehaha Dog Park is widely considered one of the, if not the, best dog parks around! It is very large and stretchers across the Mississippi Riverfront, offering dogs a great venue to run and swim. This area is often very muddy, and my dog needs a bath every time he goes. The park offers several trails on higher and dryer ground. However, there is a $35 fee for Minneapolis residents, which is the canine issue equivalent to repealing net neutrality. Dog parks ought to be free for all to use and enjoy!

  • Allison
    Jun 25, 2018
    Dog Heaven

    Best dog park in Minnesota!

  • Zeb
    More than a year ago
    Tough to beat

    Not sure if I'll find a better dog park in the twin cities! Beautiful wooded trail when you enter, just follow the fence and signs and after about a 10 minute walk you arrive at the Mississippi river with several sandy areas for dogs to play. Wear clothes that can get dirty given all the wet dogs, including hopefully your own. Quite a few trails lead up into the woods away from the water to walk. Gonna take me a few trips to explore the entire park. Don't forget a pass is required to use Minneapolis dog parks. Parking is $1 and hour near the dog park entrance.

  • Erin
    More than a year ago
    Incredible Park!

    My 2 very energetic dogs absolutely love visiting this dog park. It's huge, wooded, has a river running through it for water play, and lots of twists/turns & hills along the way! It's a nice walk for owners to enjoy as well, plenty of tree coverage to provide shade on a hot day! Just be prepared to give your dogs a bath after visiting, especially if your dog enjoys taking a dip in the water!

  • Richard
    More than a year ago

    This is a great dog park, especially for any dogs that like to jump in the water! Can be fairly busy sometimes. Met one grumpy old man along the way but mainly friendly people.

  • Karen L.
    More than a year ago
    Enormous Off Leash next to Mississippi River

    Largest off-leash park in the Twin Cities. This is an enormous off leash dog park that requires a $35.00 annual residents permit to utilize (permit gives you access to all city-owned off-leash parks). Large wooded area along the river provides ample trails and wooded areas for dogs to run and play. Depending on time of year river is very high or has nice beach area to walk along. Trash cans throughout the park. Metered parking nearby and 2 hour free parking if you access the area via the nearby national park area. Rough terrain so sneakers, hiking boots useful. Bring bags, water, towel for dogs. Mix of responsible and less responsible owners but majority of dogs are well behaved. Important to be able to recall your dog here, as park is enormous and NOT fenced in everywhere... Park Police do regular checks.

  • Katarine
    More than a year ago
    Best in show

    Definitely the park for active dogs who like to run in the wild, climb hills, swim and chase other dogs until they exhaust themselves. You will need good shoes, and relaxed clothes. No strollers, seriously. The trails can be a little rougher in the winter and spring so prepare for a hike. Pay attention to the signage, part of the trail down to the park is not technically fenced and I've witnessed a couple people yelling for their wayward companions. It's popular so the Park Police do regular tag checks. We typically spend at least an hour to walk all the way down to the sandy point and back to the car, just fyi. Once you try this park you will have a hard time justifying a trip to any other.

  • Cyndi
    More than a year ago
    Excellent Park - Permit Required

    July 2013: annual permit is $60 for non-resident, $35 for residents. We went in with a local resident & had a blast. What an amazing park - I SO wish we had something like this in our hometown! Absolutely gorgoues with trees, brush, trails, water, the river... couldnt ask for anything more except that it be closer to my home! Loved it!

  • Marilyn
    More than a year ago

    Requires annual permit $60

  • Joe
    More than a year ago
    Why is this not in the top 10??

    I've been to almost all of the "top 10" dog parks, and none of them come close to this location. It's one of the few dog parks that's as enjoyable for people as it is for dogs. While some parks don't even have a waste bin, the city even has waste service down by the river. The only downside to this park is that it's vast, and if your dog doesn't recall very well then this park would be frustrating.

  • Haley
    More than a year ago
    best dog park ever

    this is the bet dog park it is so fun, me and my dog could hangout there all day every day

  • Laura
    More than a year ago
    Best dog park

    I am originally from bloomington and frequently brought my dog to this dog park. My family members still do and I visit everytime I am home. It is a long beach where tons of dogs can run and swim, also woods if they want to venture back there. I now live in NC and have been searching for another dog park that measures up but have not found one yet. I will be home in June with my dogs and that will be the first place I bring them, they are going to love it.

  • Jennifer
    More than a year ago
    Great Place

    You and your dog will love this park. there is water for the swimmers and trails through the wooded area for the others. lots of dogs to play with. MSP does enforce there off leash permit from time to time. which is good for one year and kinda pricy but a wonderful park.

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