This vast 27-acre park is a haven for pooches and one of the best places to go to with your four-legged best friend if you are in Victoria, Minnesota. There are distinct areas for large and small pooches so that pet parents need not worry themselves to death if their smaller and timider furbabies will be hurt or not when playing with massive dogs.
The Carver Park Reserve Off-Leash Dog Area for Spike has fences, so the danger of him slipping out and running away is eliminated. There is more than ample space for doggy-delighting fun with wooded areas, high grasses and open spaces for throwing balls, playing Frisbee, as well as just running around and rolling on the ground.
Here you can take Spike on an exploration of the walking trails without his leash. Numerous and varied terrains will appeal to your dog. However, there are no ponds or lakes. This may be a good or bad thing, depending on how pet parents look at it. Some might want their furbabies to be able to swim and wade in the water while others might not.
As massive as the Carver Park Reserve Off-Leash Dog Area is, there is no water supply available, so it is a must to bring drinking water for yourself and your dog. There are clean-up bags available and plenty of trash and recycling cans, so there is no reason not to help in the maintenance of the park’s cleanliness.
There is a sizeable adjoining parking lot, as well as restrooms nearby. A state trail, consisting of crushed limestone, within a quarter of a mile of the off-leash area, allows your dogs to lead and practice their exploratory senses at the Carver Park Reserve Off-Leash Dog Area.
Dog permits are available online, and dog owners can get them from the Park District Administrative Center, Lowry Nature Center, Cleary Lake Visitor Center or Eastman Nature Center. Annual passes cost $35, but for those who would like to try out the park first, there is a daily fee of $5.