Off-Leash Dog Area

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Lake Minnewashta Regional Park - Off-Leash Area Information 

Dog Park Users:

Thanks to all users efforts, the Lake Minnewashta off-leash dog area will remain open! We’re sincerely appreciative to everyone who turned out throughout the week to return the facility to a sanitary, pleasant and safe condition. We remind everyone using County Regional Parks that the law requires you to pick up after your pet. We are highly interested in working together to keep this popular facility sanitary and safe (and open!) for all visitor by relying on continued proper use.

Parks & Recreation Department Staff 

***Please be advised: trails during this season might be icy and/or very wet and muddy depending on recent weather conditions. 

Permits for the off-leash dog park have been eliminated as of December 1, 2019


The off-leash dog area has about .8 mile (.4 wood chipped and .4 aggregate) of walking trails, a separate small dog area for dogs under 25 pounds, a fenced pond, two large open spaces for interactive play with other dogs and a water fountain for humans and pets (will be available seasonally from May - September).  


The funding for the development of the off-leash dog area was a partnership between the City of Chanhassen, City of Shorewood and the Shorewood Parks Foundation, and Carver County.             

Off-Leash Dog Area Rules

  • Dogs must be properly licensed and vaccinated.
  • Pets must be under control at all times.
  • Maximum two pets per handler.
  • Children must be supervised.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Dogs in "heat" are not allowed in the Dog Park.
  • Handlers are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dogs.
  • Handlers must have a leash at all times.
  • Dogs outside of the off leash area MUST be leashed.
  • All other park rules and regulations enforced.
  • No food, treats or toys in off-leash area.

Fenced Boundary of Off-Leash Dog Area

  • Fence marks the boundary of the off-leash dog area
  • Fence does not prevent dogs from jumping over, climbing through or leaving the off-leash dog area
  • Fenced boundary does not release handlers from controlling their dogs at all times
  • Fence does not eliminate the possibility of other animals to enter the off-leash dog area

For additional information about the off-leash dog area contact the Carver County Parks Office 952-466-5250.

Lake Minnewashta Off Leash Dog Area