Pond access closes at Shoreview dog park due to erosion

Dogs will have to bid water play goodbye as Ramsey County Parks & Recreation has closed off access to the pond near the Rice Creek Off-Leash Dog Area.

Dogs and their owners were asked to say goodbye to water access at a dog park in Shoreview Feb. 6. 

According to the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department, access to the pond near the Rice Creek Off-Leash Dog Area — a popular spot for residents and their canine companions — was closed on Monday. 

The department said the pond next to the park, which is located in the 5900 block of Lexington Avenue, is used for wetland mitigation and helps with storm water treatment and filtration. 

The department also called it “protected wetland,” however a pattern of playfully padding paws over the past several years has caused the shoreline of the pond to erode. 

This is “due to use by dogs from the neighboring dog park,” the department said in a Jan. 30 statement. “In order to protect the designated wetland, all access to the pond will be closed off to both people and pets.”

According to the department, signs will be posted near the pond alerting and reminding visitors of the change. 

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation suggested that folks who prefer dog parks with water access, visit Matoska Park in White Bear Lake, which permits dogs to enter the water.

Other Ramsey County off-leash dog areas include Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood, Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park in White Bear Township and Woodview Open Space in Roseville. 

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