Pet Friendly



There are many places within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area to enjoy the Mississippi River with your pet. Below are a few featured sites that offer pet-friendly facilities. Make sure to familiarize yourself with each park's pet policies.

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Battle Creek Regional Park

Winthrop St., St Paul, MN 55119
Battle Creek Regional Park offers approximately 10 acres of wooded and open space for your pet to enjoy. The partially fenced, off-leash site also offers a variety of trails, swimming areas and walkways to keep you and your dog entertained. There are no required permits to use the park.

Brickyards Trail

Though not an official off-leash dog park, the Brickyard Trail, located within the Lilydale Regional Park, provides both dog and dog owners a diverse exercise experience. From the historic brick kiln ruins and quarries to the frozen waterfalls and fossil area, the trail offers a nice mix of historic and cultural attractions as well as appealing natural features. Some areas of the area is closed diue to unstable slopes. Do not enter any closed areas.

Kaposia Landing

800 Bryant Ave., South Saint Paul MN 55075
Kaposia Landing is home to a 6.3 acre dog park that offers the only legal and dedicated off-leash dog park in South St. Paul. The park features a fully fenced perimeter, two shelters, a picnic area and a waste disposal zone. To use the park it is asked that you obtain a $20 membership either online or at the South St. Paul Park and Recreation office.

Minnehaha Regional Park

4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr., Minneapolis MN 55417
Located at the south end of Minnehaha Regional Park, this partially fenced, 4.3 acre off-leash recreation area offers wooded areas, marked trails, open fields and accessible river bottoms for your dog to take a dip. Parking is available at the surface lot at 54th Street. To use the off-leash site, pet owners must obtain a permit.

Riverside Park

2820 8th St. S, Minneapolis MN 55406
Riverside Park offers a 1.6-acre fenced dog park, located at the southernmost portion of the park. The dog park area is seperated from the rest of the park by the i-94 embankment. Permit required.

Last updated: November 22, 2019

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111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


This is the general phone line at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.

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