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Old 08-05-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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Does anybody knows of any lakes in the metro area or beyond where I can take my dog swimming? I have been to Minnehaha park but do not want to pay $60 a year for a permit, when I won't use it very often. Is there anywhere for a dog to swim that is free?
Any info is much appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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Medicine lake, at East Medicine Lake park, there's a little area marked "not for swimming" where I've seen many dogs enjoying themselves.
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:38 PM
 
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I'm thinking you could get away with it at Moore lake, a bit after hours.

I used to have a dog and recall swimming with him there, years ago.
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Old 08-10-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Richfield,MN
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Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.. I've seen plenty of dogs swim there but not on the beach part. More on the side where all the trees are. Im positive that you can bring your dog to that lake.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:36 PM
 
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White Bear Lake! Manitou boat launch. They have a great sandy beachy area that is an actual "dog park". We are finding that it is becoming more "family friendly" with kids actually swimming with the dogs but no one seems to be bothered by it, dogs or kids! If this is of interest to you and you are not familier with the area let me know and I can give more detailed directions!
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:17 AM
 
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Before beaches fill with dead fish at Crystal Lake, in Robbinsdale, I'll let my dog swim there. But this time of year it's full of garbage and stinks so I obviously won't let him swim in that. This is a useful thread, thanks, Jroman. I'll try some of the other suggestions.

I've seen people letting their dogs swim at Wirth Lake in Wirth Park. Not sure if it's legal to do so, though.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.. I've seen plenty of dogs swim there but not on the beach part. More on the side where all the trees are. Im positive that you can bring your dog to that lake.
You might want to check the regulations for Lake Harriet. Just because you see people put their dogs in the water does not mean you can:
[url=http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=372]Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board - Park Detail[/url]
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Please help keep our beaches clean by observing the following rules:
• Make sure infants are wearing swim diapers.
• Dogs are not allowed on beaches or in the water.
• Don’t feed ducks and other waterfowl, as they contribute bacteria and phosphorus to lakes.

The park police hand out $250 tickets for dogs in the water, and if it off leash you get an additional fine.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: South Minneapolis
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Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.. I've seen plenty of dogs swim there but not on the beach part. More on the side where all the trees are. Im positive that you can bring your dog to that lake.
The "dog beach" is at the south end of the lake, where Lake Harriet Parkway intersects with Queen and Penn Avenues. If you drive, park on the parkway and go down the stairs and you'll be at the dog beach. It may technically be illegal but I see plenty of dogs swimming here all the time. At your own risk of a ticket though, I guess. This is also where the Lake Harriet fairy tree is located.

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