Located on the southern fringe of the large metropolitan cities St. Paul and Minneapolis, Lakeville is a fast growing city in Dakota County. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of nature and adventure opportunities for you and your pup! As the name implies, this city is full of lakes, ponds, and wetlands. It’s also home to a staggering 62 parks, and 100 miles of trails. There are also four highly rated veterinary clinics in Lakeville, making dog ownership a breeze.
Of the many parks in Lakeville, several of these are nature conservation areas that you and pup can enjoy, namely, the Foxbury Conservation Area, Woodbury Conservation Area and Steve Michaud Park Conservation Area. When you need some fresh air and your doggo needs to stretch his legs, take a stroll through one of the many trails in these natural green spaces. These areas welcome leashed dogs that are well-behaved and picked up after.
If you are only here for a visit, Lakeville welcomes you to bring along your furry travel companion! There are two pet friendly hotels in Lakeville. The Motel 6 allows one small dog for no extra fee, and the Candlewood Suites allows two dogs, small or large, for an additional fee. With so much accessible nature and and pet amenities nearby, it’s no wonder dog owners love Lakeville!
In the Deer Park neighborhood of Lakeside, dogs are spoiled with the many exciting places to walk and explore. This neighborhood provides access to the massive Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve which offers trails through lush forests, and along rolling terrain and glacial ridges. Dogs must be leashed and picked up after on these trails. However, in the center of the park, you’ll find the Murphy-Hanrehan Dog Park for some glorious off-leash freedom! Your pup can play and socialize in the 3 acre fenced in area. You will need to bring waste bags and water for your dog. In this neighborhood, you’ll also find the second largest lake in town, Orchard Lake. This pristine lake has a small park and beach along its shore, Orchard Lake Beach, and leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun. There are restrooms available, and even canoe rentals. So bring along the doggy life jacket!
In the neighborhood of Antlers Park, you’ll find the beautiful Lake Marion and the parks along its shore, including Lakeville’s own Ritter Farm Dog Park. There is a 4 acre off-leash area, and many trails in the surrounding park. Dogs must be leashed when they’re not in the fenced in area. Waste bags and water are provided, just don’t forget the toys! The namesake park, Antlers Park, is friendly to leashed dogs as long as they’re picked up after. This park is located on the east side of Lake Marion, and it even has a small beach. It’s common for locals to bring their dogs here for a swim! The park includes amenities such as playgrounds, restrooms and picnic tables.
The neighborhood of Argonne is a desirable place to live for dog owners in Lakeville. This neighborhood is home to several urban parks, including the Dakota Heights Park. This large green space welcomes leashed dogs, and has a pond with a walking trail. Other features include a playground and skating rink. In the south end of Argonne, you’ll find the 27 acre Ipava Greenway, which features walking and biking trails, and a conservation area that’s great for wildlife watching! None of these areas are designated dog parks, so you’ll need to keep your dog leashed and pick up after him. After working up an appetite, head over to Erbert and Gerbert’s! This casual restaurant offers delicatessen-style fare and two outdoor dog friendly tables!
Your morning walk with Fido will never be boring in the Valley Park neighborhood of Lakeville! In this neighborhood, you’ll find the Valley Lake Park. This park is home to the charming Valley Lake, which provides opportunities for fishing, swimming, and walks along the pier. Other park features include a playground, restroom, picnic tables and walking trails. Most importantly, leashed dogs are welcome here! Other small urban parks in this neighborhood are the Sleepy Hollow Park, Bunker Hill Park, and Cedar Highlands Park. The Fairfields Park is another great option, with the North Creek gently rolling through it. All of the above mentioned parks are dog friendly, as long as your pooch is leashed and picked up after.
In the east end of Lakeville, in the neighborhood of Spirit of Brandtjen Farm, you can find some great opportunities for adventure with your dog. This neighborhood is home to the East Lake Community Park which boasts a great paved walkway around the lake, and a boardwalk that is easy on the eyes and the paws. It also features a variety of athletic fields, picnic areas and playgrounds. Keep heading east along the East Lake Trail to connect to Brandtjen Farm Park. This park includes a walking path around the pond that you and your pup will love. Both of these parks welcome leashed dogs as long as they’re picked up after. Bring along some snacks and dog biscuits, because you might want to spend the whole day in this gorgeous area!