Skijoring and Dog-Sledding
Most of us are familiar with dog sledding, the sport where a dog or team of dogs pulls a person on a sled. Skijoring is similar, except the person is on cross-country skis. 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.
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Programs and Events
Upcoming skijoring and dog-sledding programs and events.
Rules and Guidelines
Designated cross-country ski trails at Cleary Lake and Eagle Lake regional parks allow skijoring. A cross-country ski pass is required to use these trails. These trails are groomed frequently. If a ski race is scheduled at either park, the trail will be closed to skijoring. Multi-use trails at Baker, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, and Murphy-Hanrehan park reserves do not require a pass or permit.
Multi-use trails generally will allow skijoring, dog sledding, leashed dog walking, hiking, and snowshoeing. Trails are open during daylight hours only. Dog sleds with rubber wheels are allowed on snowmobile trails only at Murphy-Hanrehan and Crow-Hassan park reserves during the fall/winter season until the trails are snow-covered. A special use permit is required; call 763.559.9000.
Other things to do
Downhill and Telemark Skiing
Hyland Hills Ski Area and the Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek offer downhill ski areas for all skill levels, from training hills to Olympic-level training jumps. The downhill ski areas feature snowmaking and well-groomed hills for unbeatable winter fun.
Snowboarding is just one more way you can enjoy the wintry Minnesota outdoors. From group or private lessons to equipment rental to impeccably groomed hills for every skill level, Three Rivers has everything you need to carve up the slopes.
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. Parks at Three Rivers have both fenced and unfenced off-leash areas where you can let your dog run while you enjoy the scenic surroundings and meet other owners.
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.