Dog Off-Leash

It's so fun to run at top speeds, chase your friends and play fetch. No, not you. Your dog! Off-leash areas are designated sites where dogs are given the freedom to run and interact with other dogs. The exercise and socialization a dog gets during this off-leash play time helps maintain its mental and physical health. Dog parks at Three Rivers include both fenced and unfenced off-leash areas where you can let your dog run while you enjoy the scenic surroundings and meet other owners. You won't have to wonder if your furry friend is having fun. That wagging tail says it all.

Carver Off-Leash Area Construction Begins July 23

The off-leash area in Carver Park Reserve will be under construction beginning Monday, July 23. The work will improve accessibility for parking, as well as entry to the off-leash area and restrooms. Temporary closures may occur. 

Elm Creek Off-Leash Area Closed July 25

The Elm Creek Dog Off-Leash Area will be closed from 5 AM–3 PM on Wednesday, July 25 for maintenance.

Dog off leash area acres

Bryant, 9.3; fenced
Carver, 27; fenced
Cleary, 28; fenced
Crow-Hassan, 40; unfenced
Elm Creek, 29; fenced
Fish Lake, 6.7; fenced
Lake Sarah, adjacent to Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, 29.5; fenced
Murphy-Hanrehan, 3; fenced
Spring Lake, 10; fenced


Daily Passes

Passes are $6* and may be purchased online or at pay boxes located at each dog off-leash area.
A one-time credit of a $6* daily dog off-leash pass can be applied to the cost of an annual dog off-leash pass when purchased in person at staffed park facilities or by mail at the Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center.

Annual Passes

  • Annual passes are $45 plus tax and may be purchased online, by calling 763.559.6700, or at the following Park District facilities: Cleary Lake Visitor Center, Eastman Nature Center, Lowry Nature Center and the Administrative Office.
  • If you purchase your pass online or over the phone, you will receive a confirmation receipt via email which will serve as your seven-day temporary pass. You can expect to receive your recreation pass card in the mail in about one week.
  • If you already have a recreation pass card, the newly purchased annual pass will be immediately added to your card.
  • Valid for members of the same household and are otherwise non-transferable.

Replacement Passes

Recreation pass cards can be replaced if lost or damaged for a $5* fee. Call 763.559.6700 to request a replacement card.

*Sales tax not included.


Three Rivers has specific policies for dogs in off-leash areas. For the safety of all park users, please adhere to these policies. Violation of any of these rules and conditions can lead to a citation and/or revocation of your pass. The Park District reserves the right to reject or cancel passes for any reason and will restrict days or times of use as necessary.

  • Users of the dog off-leash areas must carry or display a daily or annual pass.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times. No exceptions. A dog is considered under control if it will come when called. Dogs must not be permitted to interfere with other people or dogs, unless permission is granted by each handler for dogs to play together.
  • Handlers must remain in the area with their dogs at all times.
  • Each handler must clean up and dispose of dog feces in a sanitary manner. A trash barrel is provided at each site.
  • Aggressive behavior is not acceptable.
  • Pass holders must have certification of current rabies vaccination for each pet readily available when using the dog off-leash area. Puppies under the age of 4 months are not allowed in the off-leash areas.
  • No more than two pets per dog handler are allowed in the area at any given time.
  • Children must be closely supervised by adults and should be instructed about proper behavior around dogs.
  • Off-leash area use is only allowed during park hours (5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily, or as posted by the Park District).
  • Use of firearms or devices considered firearms under Federal Law is prohibited. Use of blank starter pistols not considered firearms under Federal Law is permitted at the Lake Sarah and Crow-Hassan sites.
  • Use of pigeons, quail, chukars, and pheasants will be permitted for training purposes at the Lake Sarah and Crow-Hassan sites. Humane treatment of all animals is required. Under no conditions will animals of any type be mistreated, abused, injured, or killed. The pass holder is required to take necessary measures to ensure that this condition is met. It is strongly recommended that training birds be recovered before leaving the area.

All other Park Ordinances must be followed.

Other things to do

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

Woman walking her dog on a paved trail

Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs on a six-foot non-retractable leash are allowed on all paved trails except where posted otherwise. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.



Two girls using a GPS unit

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure.

Horse Trails

Horseback Riding

a person on a horse

If you have a horse and are looking for a place to ride, Three Rivers has miles of scenic horse trails to choose from. Natural woodlands and grasslands provide a beautiful setting for horseback riders.

Nature Education

Nature Education

teenagers from autism summer camp

If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of our nature centers. At Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson Nature Centers, you can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe up close the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal. 

Skijoring and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Women on skis with dog pulling

If you have a dog with some pent-up winter energy, bring it to Three Rivers Parks for fun exercise where we have designated trails for skijoring and dog sledding.