Best Places For Dog Swimming in St. Louis and Kansas City 

September 8, 2023

A golden retriever plays fetch in the water on a summer night. A dog loves water.

Below are some of our favorite places to take our dogs swimming in St.Louis and Kansas City while the weather is still warm! Before you dive in, double-check that you are well-informed about dog water safety and heat safety to make sure you and your dog have a successful swimming outing. Have fun and be safe! 

Beautiful golden retriever sit stay by the lake outside at the green park

Where to Take Your Dog Swimming in Kansas City

Shawnee Mission Dog Park 

7900 Renner Road Shawnee, KS 66219

With a whopping 44-acre dog off-leash area including a swimming beach, your dog will have a blast at Shawnee Mission Dog Park! Enjoy various nature hiking trails, picnic areas, Theatre in the Park, and so much more. 

Two orange standard poodles in pink kiddie pool playing

Line Creek Trail 

2699 NW 60th St, Kansas City, MO 64151

Enjoy the beautiful countryside of Platte County while your dog swims in the scenic creek. Take a hike on this 8.2-mile trail bustling with wildlife and please keep your dog on a leash. 

Swope Dog Park 

5051 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64132

Covering five acres in total, Swope Dog Park has two off-leash areas for your dog to play, one for big dogs and one for small dogs. Both areas have water stations and in the summer months, they have kiddie pools for dogs to frolic around in with their friends. 

Where to Take Your Dog Swimming in St. Louis 

Dog looking out at the lake

Castlewood State Park 

1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021

Castlewood is a park with access to water, hiking, playgrounds, and more! If you venture deep into the park, you can bring your canoe or kayak and navigate the ravine. It’s very peaceful with options for sun and shade. Make sure your dog is on-leash while exploring. 

Creve Coeur Lake

13725 Marine Ave, St. Louis, MO 63146

At Creve Coeur Lake, you can canoe, kayak, paddleboard, or stay dry and walk, run, bike, or rollerblade! Pets are allowed but need to be kept on a leash. 

Bernedoodle in a sit stay at a trail in the woods park

Happy Hounds Playground

2448 Pond Rd, Grover, MO 63040

Happy Hounds is a 10-acre dog park for members only. There are two side-by-side, fenced-in sections separated for small and large dogs. You can explore their nature trail, or relax on the beach, or jump off the dock into their custom swimming hole. 

Canine Aquatics

7706 Big Bend, St. Louis, MO 63119

Want to teach your puppy or dog how to swim? Or interested in swimming for exercise or strength training for your dog? Canine Aquatics is perfect for you! They offer private lessons to teach your dog how to swim, or independent and group (max of 3) sessions to use the pool as you deem fit for your dog and their needs! 

We hope you and your pup enjoy cooling off and swimming at these Kansas City and St. Louis watering holes. If you are located in Kansas City and are looking for in-home dog training to help you navigate these parks, contact us today!