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Dog Friendly Beaches

Click on the map below to find dog friendly beaches, off-leash dog beaches, and dog swim areas in the US.

Please help keep these beaches dog friendly -- never leave your dog unattended, always keep your dog on a leash or under voice control, and always clean up after your dog.

ALABAMA
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Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island is a barrier island located three miles south of the mouth of Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the public beach year round. The public beach is located next to Dauphin Island Elementary School and is the largest area on Dauphin Island set aside for dogs and their owners. There are at least a couple of miles of beach there, and with Sand Island now connected to Dauphin Island, there is more area of undeveloped beach jutting out into the Gulf on that barrier island. Though dogs are allowed at Dauphin Island's primary public beach and at the Dauphin Island Campground, dogs are not allowed at the West End Beach Park on the Island's extreme west end.

Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan is an unincorporated community west of Gulf Shores on Mobile Point. Mobile Point extends from Gulf Shores to the west, towards historic Fort Morgan at the tip of the peninsula. Dogs on a leash are allowed on beaches in the city of Fort Morgan, but are not permitted on Alabama state beaches or Fort Morgan State Historic Site property.

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Homer: Bishop's Beach
Bishop's Beach is located two blocks from Old Town at the end of Bunnell Street. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

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Parker: Buckskin Mountain State Park, Colorado River
Buckskin Mountain State Park is located on Arizona Highway 95, about 12 miles north of Parker. The River Island unit is one mile north of Buckskin Mountain State Park. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the north beach only (north of the boat ramp).

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NORTHERN COAST

Arcata: Mad River County Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. One of the Redwood Coast's best beaches for picnics, beachcombing and fishing, Mad River County Park is located 5 miles north of Arcata. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach as long as they are under complete control and within voice range of the owner.

Caspar: Caspar Beach, Mendocino County
Caspar Beach is located approximately 4 miles north of the town of Mendocino across from the Casper Beach RV Park. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Crescent City: Beach Front Park
Crescent City is located on the Pacific coast about 20 miles from the Oregon border. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach and in the park located on Front St. in Crescent City.

Crescent City Area: Gold Bluffs Beach, Prairie Creek Redlands State Park
Located 50 miles north of Eureka and 25 miles south of Crescent City on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway off of Highway 101. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are only allowed in the campground, on the beach and the main beach road. Dogs are not permitted on any of the park trails including Fern Canyon.

Ferndale: Centerville Beach County Park
Centerville Beach is located 5 miles west of Ferndale. Dogs are allowed off-leash, if under complete control by owner, on the waveslope all year and on the entire beach from October 1st through February 28th. Dogs must be on leash March 1st to September 30th, except on the waveslope, where they can be unleashed if kept under complete control of the owner.

Fort Bragg: MacKerricher State Park
MacKerricher State Park is located 3 miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1, near the town of Cleone. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on some beach areas, but are prohibited on Virgin Creek Beach, the northern half of Ten Mile Beach, the Seal Rocks harbor seal pup nursery area, and the Surfwood Walk-In campground.

Fort Bragg: Noyo Beach Off-Leash Dog Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The Noyo Beach Dog Area is located under the bridge at Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach year round.

Fort Bragg: Seaside Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Seaside Beach is approximately 6 miles north of Fort Bragg on Highway 1. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach. The beach has vast towering rock formations some with hollowed out arches formed naturally by years of crashing waves. Seaside Beach is a great beach to bring a picnic too and sit and enjoy the majestic beauty of this northern California gem of a dog friendly beach. NO dog waste bags or trash receptacles are provided so all dog owners must carry disposable waste bags to pick up after their dogs.
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Humboldt County, Humboldt Bay: South Spit Cooperative Management Area
The South Spit is a 4.5-mile expanse of wave sculpted beaches, windswept dunes, and bayshore marshes, approximately 20 minutes from either Eureka or Fortuna. Dogs must be leashed on the ocean side of South Jetty Road during Snowy Plover nesting season, March 1-September 15. On the bay side of South Jetty Road, dogs are allowed off-leash but must be under voice control.

Humboldt County, Humboldt Bay, Manilla: Manilla Dunes Recreation Area
The Manila Dunes Recreation Area is located at 1611 Peninsula Drive, Manila CA. Dogs are allowed on a leash or under voice control. Horse use is limited to designated trails.

Humboldt County Parks
Where permitted, dogs must be on a leash no greater than 10 feet in the parking and camping areas and within 100' of these areas. Dogs are permitted to be unleashed, if under complete control by owner, on the waveslope only at Clam Beach, Table Bluff, and Centerville all year and on the entire beach from October 1 through February 28. Dogs are permitted to be unleashed if under complete control by owner, on the beach at Big Lagoon, Moonstone, Luffenholtz and Mad River County Parks. Dogs are permitted only in vehicle in Freshwater County Park.

McKinleyville: Clam Beach County Park
Clam Beach is located 7.5 miles north of Arcata near McKinleyville. Dogs are allowed off-leash, if under complete control by owner, on the waveslope all year and on the entire beach from October 1st through February 28th. Dogs must be on leash March 1st to September 30th, except on the waveslope, where they can be unleashed if kept under complete control of the owner. Horses allowed.

Mendocino: Big River Beach, Mendocino Headlands State Park
Big River Beach is on the south side of Mendocino. It is accessible by vehicle from Highway 1, or by trails down the bluffs. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Mendocino: Portuguese Beach, Mendocino Headlands State Park
From “downtown” Mendocino, follow Main Street up-coast past the Mendocino Hotel to Heeser Street. The unsigned trail leads southwest through a fence and soon forks; the route down-coast to Big River Beach is described first. Heading east, the trail delivers you to some blufftop benches and a coastal accessway leading down to Portuguese Beach, known as Point Beach by locals. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Mendocino: Van Damme State Park
Van Damme State Park is located 3 miles south of Mendocino on Highway 1. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Redwood National and State Parks Beaches
In Redwood National and State Parks, pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed: on all road-accessible beaches (excluding dune habitat); within 100 feet of public roads and parking areas (but not on trails); at designated picnic areas; and within all road-accessible campgrounds.

Samoa: Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area is a 300-acre sand dune park located just west of Eureka on Humboldt Bay. Dogs are allowed off-leash if they are under voice control.

Trinidad: Big Lagoon County Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Big Lagoon County Park is located 7 miles north of Trinidad. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach if they are under complete control by owner.

Trinidad: Luffenholtz Beach & County Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Luffenholtz Beach & County Park is located 2 miles south of Trinidad on Scenic Drive. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach if they are under complete control by owner.

Trinidad: Moonstone Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Moonstone Beach is located just south of Trinidad. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach if they are under complete control by owner.

Westport: Westport-Union Landing State Beach
Westport-Union Landing State Beach is located 19 miles north of Fort Bragg and 2 miles north of Westport on Highway 1. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

SONOMA COAST

Bodega Bay - Area Beaches
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the following beaches: Doran Beach, Marshall Gulch, Carmet Beach, Schoolhouse Beach, Portuguese Beach, Duncans Cove, Wright's Beach, Furlong Gulch, Shell Beach, Blind Beach. Dogs are prohibited at Salmon Creek North, Salmon Creek South, Miwok Beach, Coleman Beach, Bodega Dunes Beach, Goat Rock Beach.

Bodega Bay: Doran Regional Park
Located on Hwy 1, one mile south of Bodega Bay, Doran Park has a 2-mile stretch of sandy beach Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach. License required.

Gualala: Gualala Point Regional Park
Gualala Point Regional Park is located 36 miles north of Jenner and one mile south of Gualala on Hwy 1. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach. License required.

Jenner area: Stillwater Cove Regional Park
Stillwater Cove Regional Park is located approximately 16 miles north of Jenner. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach. License required.

Russsian River District Dog Guidelines
The following are designated areas where dogs are permitted on beaches adjacent to bodies of water in State Park Systems or portions of units: Marshall Gulch, Carmet Beach, Schoolhouse Beach, Portuguese Beach, Duncan's Cove, Wright's Beach, Furlong Gulch, Shell Beach, Blind Beach, Russian Gulch.

The Sea Ranch
The Sea Ranch is a planned, private community located along the coast in Sonoma County, south of the town of Gualala and about 100 miles north of San Francisco. Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails within The Sea Ranch. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the following access trail and beaches: Black Point Beach, Pebble Beach, Stengel Beach, Shell Beach and Walk-On Beach.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA/MARIN COUNTY

Albany: Albany Bulb
The Albany waterfront is located at the end of Buchanan Street, just west of Interstate 80. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the Albany Bulb, the west end of a landfill peninsula at the end of Buchanan Street.

Benicia: First Street Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Benicia is a waterside city located in the San Francisco Bay area just east of Vallejo. It has two off-leash beaches at the foot of First Street in the downtown area - one at the Promenade and the other south of the turnaround.
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Berkeley: Tilden Regional Park, Lake Anza Road off of Central Park Drive, Berkeley, CA 94708
Tilden Park's Lake Anza has a sandy beach open during swim season from May through September. Dogs are allowed off-leash on Lake Anza’s beach in the undeveloped areas only. No dogs are allowed in the pool area, wetland or marsh.

Bolinas: Agate Beach Park
Located near the town of Bolinas, Agate Beach provides access to almost two miles of ocean shoreline at low tide. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach, but are prohibited from entering tide pools, and must stay on trails for safety and habitat protection.

Dillon Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dillon Beach is located 45 min.-1 hr. north of San Francisco between Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach if they are under voice control.

Half Moon Bay Area: Mavericks Beach
A popular surfing location, Mavericks is located at Pillar Point Harbor Shore just north of Half Moon Bay. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Half Moon Bay Area: Montara State Beach
Montara State Beach is located 8 miles north of Half Moon Bay on Highway One. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Half Moon Bay Area/Pescadero: Bean Hollow State Beach
Bean Hollow State Beach is located 17.5 miles south of Half Moon Bay and 3 miles south of Pescadero on Highway One. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Livermore: Del Valle Regional Park, 7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore, CA 94550
Located 10 miles south of Livermore, Del Valle offers swimming and all kinds of water-oriented recreation. The lake is five miles long, and dogs are free to swim in all but two designated areas: East and West Swim Beach.

Marin Headlands: Rodeo Beach and South Rodeo Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located 3 miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. Dogs are allowed off-leash under voice control from the shoreline to the crest of the dunes. Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Mill Valley: Muir Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located 3 miles west of Muir Woods. Dogs are allowed off-leash if they are under voice control. Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Pacifica: Esplanade Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash on Esplanade Beach, off of Esplanade Ave. and West Manor Drive, Pacifica CA 94044.

Point Reyes: Point Reyes National Seashore
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the following ocean-facing beaches year round: Kehoe Beach - north of the Kehoe Beach trail; Limantour Beach - southeast of the parking lot to the beach adjacent to Coast Camp; Point Reyes/Great Beach - from the North Beach parking lot to the south. Due to threatened snowy plover habitat, pets are not allowed on the beach south of the trail at Kehoe Beach or on the beach to the north of the North Beach parking lot. During the elephant seal pupping and mating season (December through April), pets and humans are not allowed on the beach south of the South Beach parking lot.

Point Reyes: Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
A .6-mile walk alongside a marsh and over a sand dune takes you to the northern end of the Great Beach, called Kehoe Beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on this beach to the north of the trail. Dogs are not permitted south of the trailhead as this area is protected habitat for the endangered snow plover.

Point Reyes: Limantour Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
Limantour Beach is a long, narrow spit of sand, bound between Drakes Bay and an estuary. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the southeast end of this beach. Dogs are not permitted to the northwest as this area is protected habitat for harbor seals and the endangered snowy plover.

Point Reyes: The Great Beach/Point Reyes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore
The Great Beach, also known as Point Reyes Beach, features over 11 miles of undeveloped ocean beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on this beach, but are not permitted north of the North Beach entrance as this area is protected habitat for the endangered snowy plover. And during the winter when elephant seals are present, both people and dogs are not permitted too far south of the South Beach access.

Richmond: Point Isabel Regional Shoreline
This landscaped 23-acre park at the west end of Central Avenue in Richmond offers beautiful views of the Golden Gate and Marin County and is one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation. Dogs may be off-leash at Point Isabel, although owners must have a leash with them (six-foot maximum) and have their dog under voice control and within sight at all times. Dogs must be on leash in parking lots and streets.

San Francisco: Baker Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash at the north end of the beach, north of Lobo Creek. Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco: Crissy Field, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach (excluding the Wildlife Protection Area at the west end of Crissy field beach where leashes are required all year except from May 15 to July 1). Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco: Fort Funston/Burton Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach (excluding the 12-acre closure in northwest Ft. Funston and the northern end of the Coastal trail, closed due to erosion). Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco: Ocean Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash (excluding the Plover Protection Area from Sloat Blvd. north to Stairwell 21 where leashes are required all year except from May 15 to July 1).The beach runs parallel to the Great Highway (north of Fort Funston). There are several access points including Sloat Blvd., Fulton Street or Lincoln Way. This beach has a mix of off-leash and leash required areas. Dogs must be on leash on Ocean Beach between Sloat Blvd and Stairwell No. 21 (roughly at Fulton). North of Fulton to the Cliff House and South of Sloat for several miles are still okay for off-leash dogs, however parts of these areas may be impassible at high tide. The GGNRA stricly enforces the on-leash area between Sloat and Fulton. Dog Walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Stinson Beach: Upton Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on Upton Beach (owned by the County of Marin) which is located north of the land administered by the National Park Service. Dogs are not allowed on the National Park section of Stinson Beach.

Tomales Bay: Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay
Pets are permitted on boats in Tomales Bay and on National Seashore beaches on the west side of Tomales Bay from the northern boundary of Tomales Bay State Park to Elk Fence North Beach. These beaches include: Kilkenny Beach, Long Cove Beach, Fruit Tree Beach, Marshall Beach, No Name Beach, Tomales Beach, Elk Fence South Beach, Elk Fence North Beach. Pets are not permitted on beaches or anywhere else within the Tomales Point Elk Reserve. Pets are not permitted on Hog Island, Duck Island or Pelican Point. Pets are not permitted on beaches within Tomales Bay State Park. Please note: the only way to access the Tomales Bay beaches listed above if you are accompanied by a pet is by boat. Pets are not permitted on Marshall Beach Trail.

Tomales Bay: Chicken Ranch Beach (Sir Francis Drake Highway)
Chicken Ranch Beach is located north of Inverness, adjacent to Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and nestled along the west shore of Tomales Bay. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

LAKE TAHOE

Dogs at Lake Tahoe
The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) manages about 75% of the land within the Lake Tahoe Basin. Dogs on a leash are welcome almost anywhere within the LTBMU, with the notable exceptions of designated swimming beaches and areas that are restricted for wildlife protection. While your dog is not allowed on any designated swimming beaches, there are still plenty of places for both of you to enjoy the water. Dogs are allowed at the Tallac Historic Site from Valhalla Pier to Tallac Point (where the Lake of the Sky Trail meets the lakefront) in South Lake Tahoe, North Beach at Zephyr Cove Resort, Hidden and Chimney Beaches on the east shore, Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach, Ski Beach in Incline Village (from October to April only), and Echo Lakes. Also, the lakes and streams in Desolation Wilderness are another good option.

North Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach: Coon Street Boat Launch & Beach
The Coon Street Boat Launch is located at the end of Coon Street in Kings Beach. The beach is (facing the lake) to the left of the boat launch ramp. Coon Street Beach features restrooms, picnic areas with grills and boat launch. Dogs are allowed only on the area marked as "dog beach" - the only public dog beach on the North Shore.

North Lake Tahoe, Carnelian Bay: Carnelian West Beach
The California Tahoe Conservancy’s "Carnelian West" beach shares a free parking facility and day use buoy field with Gar Woods restaurant in Carnelian Bay. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

North Lake Tahoe, Carnelian Bay: Patton Beach
Patton Beach in Carnelian Bay is a small rocky beach with picnic tables, restrooms and a nature walk. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

South Lake Tahoe: Echo Lakes
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach. There is a water taxi that can take you and your dog across the lake. From the South Lake Tahoe Y, drive south on Highway 50 for 9.6 miles and turn right on Echo Lake Road. Park in the upper lot at The Echo Lakes Resort.

South Lake Tahoe: Kiva Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Highway 89 for 2.5 miles to Kiva Beach.

South Lake Tahoe: Tallac Historic Site
The Tallac historic Site is open weekends only beginning Memorial Day weekend through mid-June and daily beginning mid-June through September. Dogs on a leash are allowed at the Tallac Historic Site from Valhalla Pier to Tallac Point (where the Lake of the Sky Trail meets the lakefront) in South Lake Tahoe. Dogs are not permitted in or near the Taylor Creek Marsh. From South Lake Tahoe Y, drive north on Hwy 50 for 3 miles and turn right at the sign for the Tallac Historic Site.

West Shore Lake Tahoe, Homewood: Dog Swim Area
Next to Obexer's Marina, 5300 West Lake Blvd., Homewood, CA 96141 there is a pebbly, shaded beach to the left of the boat launch where dogs can swim.

CENTRAL COAST

Aptos: Rio Del Mar State Beach
Rio del Mar Beach has a wide strip of clean sand and a jetty. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Aptos: Seascape Beach
Seascape Park is a county park at the south end of Seascape Resort, located at 1 Seascape Resort Drive in Aptos. A path opens out onto Seascape (a privately-owned beach) is a small section of an 18-mile beach, running from New Brighton State Beach in Capitola to the Pajaro River near Moss Landing. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Avila Beach: Avila Beach & Olde Port Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on Fisherman's Beach (also called Dog Beach) and Olde Port Beach 24 hours a day. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the main beach in downtown Avila before 10 a.m and after 5 p.m. every day.

Big Sur: Pfeiffer Beach
Pfeiffer Beach is located in the heart of Big Sur. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach. Day use only, no overnight camping.

Capitola: New Brighton State Beach
New Brighton State Beach is located in the town of Capitola, just south of Santa Cruz. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Carmel: Carmel River State Beach
Carmel River State Beach is located on Highway 1 in Carmel, one mile south of Ocean Avenue. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Carmel: Garrapata State Beach
Garrapata State Beach is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are only allowed on Garrapata Beach.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: City Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The Carmel City Beach is located at the end of Ocean Avenue. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach. This is a very dog friendly beach!

Cayucos: Cayucos State Beach
The beach is located in Cayucos at the foot of Cayucos Drive. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the state beach from the south end of Studio Drive in Cayucos to Cayucos Pier.

Davenport: Davenport Beach
The town of Davenport is located approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

La Selva Beach/Santa Cruz County: Manresa State Beach
From Highway 1, south of Aptos, take the San Andreas Road exit and follow San Andreas Road to the beach. Manresa is the first beach access upon reaching the coast. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach only up coast of the Uplands campground.

Monterey: Monterey State Beach
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed at Monterey State Beach South of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel, but are not allowed at Monterey State Beach North of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel.

Morro Bay: Morro Rock Beach
Dogs must be on-leash within City limits.

Moss Landing: Moss Landing Beach
Dogs are allowed on the beach next to the harbor in Moss Landing. Dogs are not allowed at Moss Landing State Beach.

Oceano/Pismo Beach area: Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Oceano Dunes features 5.5 miles of beach open for vehicle use and the sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Pacific Grove: Asilomar State Beach
Asilomar State Beach is located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Pismo Beach: City of Pismo Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach to the left of the pier. Dogs are not permitted on the Pismo Pier.

San Luis Obispo Coast State Parks: Dogs Allowed on Beaches Map

Santa Cruz: Its Beach/Lighthouse Field State Beach
Its Beach is the first beach up coast from the lighthouse on West Cliff Drive. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Santa Cruz: Mitchell's Cove Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Mitchell's Cove Beach is located at West Cliff Drive between Almar and Woodward in Santa Cruz. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Dogs must be on-leash during other hours.

Santa Cruz: Seabright State Beach
Seabright State Beach is located at Seabright Avenue and East Cliff Drive. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the north side of the Santa Cruz Harbor at 7th Avenue.

Santa Cruz: Twin Lakes State Beach
The small craft harbor in downtown Santa Cruz is approximately in the middle of Twin Lakes State Beach, which extends for a distance parallel to East Cliff Drive and Portola Drive. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the East side of Santa Cruz Harbor.

Santa Cruz Area: Seacliff State Beach
The beach is located at the State Park Drive exit from Highway 1 in the neighborhood of Aptos. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Watsonville/Santa Cruz County: Palm State Beach
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach between the Pajaro Dunes condos and Pajaro Dunes houses, but not up coast or down coast from the residences. Go past Manresa State Beach on San Andreas Road and continue past Sunset State Beach. Turn right on Beach Road toward the ocean.

SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA COUNTIES

Carpinteria: Harbor Seal Rookery
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach from June 1st through November. No dogs are allowed from December 1 through May 31st when the sanctuary is a protected birthing habitat for harbor seals.

Goleta: Goleta Beach County Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Montecito/Santa Barbara area: Butterfly Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Butterfly Beach is located at the end of Olive Mill Road in Montecito, across the street from the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach.

Oxnard: Hollywood Beach
Hollywood Beach is located at Harbor Blvd. in Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA. Dogs on a leash are allowed on Hollywood Beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Oxnard: Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach is located at End of Victoria Ave., Oxnard, CA. Dogs on a leash are allowed on Silver Strand Beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Santa Barbara: Arroyo Burro County Beach, aka Hendry's Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located at 2981 Cliff Drive, this county park is the portal for the best known off-leash spot in the Santa Barbara area. Dogs are required to be on leash through the parking lot and bathing beach until, passing Arroyo Burro Slough, dogs are welcome to run free and play in the Pacific Ocean surf below the city’s Douglas Family Preserve. Self service dog wash stations provided by Wripples, Inc. Hours: Daily from 6:00 AM to Sunset.

Santa Barbara: Shoreline Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Shoreline Park is a popular 14.6-acre coastal bluff park located west of Leadbetter Beach. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach from the Shoreline Park Staircase to the eastern edge of the Arroyo Burro Estuary. Dogs are allowed on-leash in Shoreline Park.

Summerland: Summerland Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The beach is located approximately five miles south of Santa Barbara. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach. There is even a dog washing station for a fee.

Ventura: Harbor Cove Beach AKA Mom's Beach
Harbor Cove Beach is located at the west end of Spinnaker Drive, just across the street from the Channel Islands National Park Visitor's Center. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Ventura: Marina Park Beach
Marina Park Beach is located at Pierpont Blvd and Greenock Lane, Ventura CA. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Ventura: Promenade Park at Seaside Park
Promenade Park at Seaside Park is located along the promenade near Seaside Park, Ventura, CA. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach and promenade.

Ventura: Seaside Wilderness Park
Seaside Wilderness Park is adjacent to Seaside Park, Ventura CA. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Ventura: Surfer's Point at Seaside Park
Surfer's Point is located off Figueroa Street. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Long Beach: Rosie's Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Rosie's Dog Beach is the only area along the entire 75-mile stretch of Los Angeles County coastline where dogs are lawfully permitted to romp off-leash. The beach is located along Ocean Blvd between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues. This area is not fenced in and is not a dedicated “dog beach.” The Dog Zone is in effect from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

Malibu: Leo Carillo State Park & Beach
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the Park's day use areas, campground and north beach (north of lifeguard tower 3). As you enter the park you drive under a bridge and follow the road north of tower 3 to the second parking lot. Dogs are allowed ON LEASH anywhere north of tower 3. Dogs are not allowed on backcountry trails or south beach (south of lifeguard tower 3).

Malibu: Thornhill Broom Beach, Point Mugu State Park
The beach is located 15 miles south of Oxnard on Highway One at 9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the Park's day use areas, campgrounds and beaches. Dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails or dirt roads.

ORANGE COUNTY

Huntington Beach: Huntington Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Huntington Dog Beach is located 37 miles south of Los Angeles and 89 miles north of San Diego. Dogs are allowed off-leash. Visitors must stay within the boundaries of Dog Beach -- the northern boundary is Seapoint St., the southern boundary is just past Goldenwest St.

Laguna Beach, City of
From June 15th through Sept. 10th, leashed dogs are allowed on city beaches north of Aliso Beach only before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. From Sept. 11th through June 14th, leashed dogs are allowed on city beaches north of Aliso Beach at any time. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Dogs are not permitted on Aliso Beach, and any beaches south of Aliso Beach, at any time.

Newport Beach, City of
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are only allowed the beach before 10 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. year round. Dogs are never allowed on the beach or any beachfront sidewalk between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., including the ocean front beaches and bay front beaches.

Newport Beach/Corona del Mar: Corona del Mar State Beach
The City of Newport Beach operates Corona del Mar State Beach. The beach can be reached via an access road near the intersection of Iris Street and Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are only allowed on the beach before 10 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m., year round.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Coronado: Coronado Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The beach is located in Coronado at 100 Ocean Blvd. (North Beach) at the most northern end of the beach next to the Naval Air Station. Dogs allowed off-leash year round.

Del Mar: North Beach a.k.a. "Dog Beach"
Nine months of the year, dogs are allowed along the entire two plus mile stretch of beach in Del Mar. Located north of 29th Street, North Beach "Dog Beach" stretches nearly one half mile to the border with Solana Beach. While laws restrict access to half of the Del Mar beach during the summer months, North Beach remains open to dogs; however, dogs must be kept to a six foot leash.
North Beach area (29th Street to Solana Beach border):
Dogs must be leashed June 16th through Labor Day.
Dogs allowed off-leash under voice control from the day after Labor Day through June 14th.
Main Beach area (northern end of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street):
No dogs allowed June 16th through Labor Day.
Dogs allowed on a leash from the day after Labor Day through June 15th.
South Beach area (Powerhouse Park south to Torrey Pines border at 6th Street):
Dogs must be leashed year-round.

Imperial Beach, City of
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the beach area of the City, but only on the beach areas north of Palm Avenue and south of Imperial Beach Boulevard. Dogs are not permitted in any beach area from Imperial Beach Boulevard to Palm Avenue.

San Diego Beaches: General Guidelines for Dog Owners
Along the beach shoreline and Mission Bay, the City of San Diego has two designated Leash Free exercise areas for dogs. Dogs are allowed at Dog Beach (Ocean Beach) and on Fiesta Island (Mission Bay). In general, dogs are allowed on beaches after 6 p.m. from April 1st to October 31st or after 4:00 p.m. from November 1st to March 31st. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach, and on sidewalks and park areas near the beach, during the night and early morning hours until 9 a.m.

San Diego: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located in Mission Bay Park, Fiesta Island offers a 5.2 mile asphalt path around the island for dogs walkers. Hours are from 6:00 a.m. - 10 p.m. everyday.

San Diego: Ocean Beach Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located in the community of Ocean Beach, just south of the Mission Bay channel entrance at the foot of Voltaire Street. Dog Beach, San Diego's only 24 hour beach for dogs, is a sandy area at the north end of the beach. This is a dog run area where dogs are allowed off-leash at all hours of the day.

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Longmont: Union Reservoir
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Union Reservoir is a 736 acre body of water providing many outdoor recreational activities, including camping, boating, and swimming. A dog training area is located on the south side of the reservoir; dogs are allowed off leash and may swim in this designated area. Dogs must be leashed in all other areas of the park.

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Fairfield: Beach Access for Dogs
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the town beaches only during the off-season, from October 1st to March 31st. Of all the town's beaches, only Jennings Beach permits dogs off-leash.

Fairfield: Jennings Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Jennings Beach is located at 880 South Benson Road & Beach Road. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach, provided they are under observation and voice control, only during the off-season, from October 1st to March 31st.

Fairfield: Penfield Beach
Penfield Beach is located at 323 Fairfield Beach Road. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 1st to March 31st.

Fairfield: Sasco Beach
Sasco Beach is located at 1401 Sasco Beach Road. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 1st to March 31st.

Fairfield: South Pine Creek Beach
South Pine Creek Beach is located at 1424 S. Pine Creek Road. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 1st to March 31st.

Fairfield: Southport Beach
Southport Beach is located at 1505 Pequot Avenue. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 1st to March 31st.

Greenwich, Town of
Dogs on a leash are only allowed on the Greenwich town beaches from December 1 through March 31.

Westport: Compo Beach
From April 1 to Sept. 30 dogs are prohibited at the beaches either in or out of vehicles except when going to and from boats at Ned Dimes Marina. Dogs at Ned Dimes Marina (Compo Beach) and E.R. Strait Marina must be on a leash. From October 1st to March 31st dogs are allowed off-leash in a designated area of Compo Beach south of the brick bathhouses delineated by a rail fence and signs and including the south beach area.

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Delaware State Parks: Pets on the Beach
Pets are allowed in Delaware seashore parks, but are prohibited from all swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Pets are not allowed in areas such as surfboarding & sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas. Pets must be leashed at all times in Delaware seashore parks. Pets are not permitted on bathhouse boardwalks.

Bethany Beach, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 till May 15.

Dewey Beach, Town of
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed on the beach year round, but during the summer season (May 15-September 15) they are only permitted on the beach before 9:30 a.m. and after 5:30 p.m. Dogs must be licensed. Licenses are available to be purchased at the Town Hall and at the iDewey Visitor Center on New Orleans St. (bayside - near Rita's). They cannot be purchased by mail.

Fenwick Island State Park
Fenwick Island State Park is a 3-mile stretch of barrier island that lies between Bethany Beach to the north and Fenwick Island to the south. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Park rules and regulations also restrict pets from areas such as surfboarding and sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas. All dogs must be licensed, and proof of a rabies vaccination is required.

Fenwick Island, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 through April 30.

Lewes: Cape Henlopen State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Park rules and regulations also restrict pets from areas such as surfboarding and sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas. All dogs must be licensed, and proof of a rabies vaccination is required.

Lewes, City of
From May 1st to October 1st dogs on a leash are only allowed on the beach before 8:00 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach any time from Oct. 1st through April 30th. No dogs are allowed on any beach between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. any day between May 1st and September 30th.

Rehoboth Beach, City of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach and boardwalk only during the off-season, from Oct. 1st through April 30th. Dogs are prohibited from the beach and boardwalk from May 1st through September 30th. The City has both a leash law and a pooper scooper law which are enforced.

Rehoboth Beach: Delaware Seashore State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, but are not permitted on swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Park rules and regulations also restrict pets from areas such as surfboarding and sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas. All dogs must be licensed, and proof of a rabies vaccination is required

South Bethany, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach and boardwalk only during the off-season, from Oct. 16th through May 14th.

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ATLANTIC COAST

Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach
Dogs are allowed on Nassau County’s Atlantic coast beaches, but must be on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for immediate clean up. (Main Beach Park has a doggie trash bag dispenser near the public restrooms but bring your own bags since they can run out.) Pet owners not following rules can be ticketed $500.

Atlantic Beach
Dogs on a leash no longer than 12 feet are allowed on the beach during the day and evening. Dogs must be on leash unless both adult and pet are in the water together. On Atlantic Beach if dog and owner are in the Atlantic Ocean together, the dog shall be allowed to swim unleashed and then immediately put back on the leash before returning to the beach. This does not include walking the dog in the water.

Flagler Beach, City of
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are permitted on the beach north of N. 10th Street and South of S. 10th Street.

Fort Lauderdale: Canine Beach
Canine Beach is located at Sunrise Blvd. at A1A, Fort Lauderdale FL. Dogs must be on a leash when not in the water and are only allowed Fridays through Sundays from 3-7 p.m. during the winter and 5-9 p.m. in summer. A permit is required to use Canine Beach.

Fort Lauderdale: Bark Park at Snyder Park
Bark Park is located at 3299 SW 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315. Swimming for dogs is available at Snyder Park’s East Lake. Dog Swim is available every day during park hours. Dog Swim is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Hollywood: Dog Beach of Hollywood
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The beach is located between Custer St and Pershing St (approximately ½ mile north of Sheridan Street). Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During Daylight Savings Time, the hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.Dog Beach of Hollywood FL

Indian Harbor Beach: Canova Beach Park Dog Beach
Canova Beach Park is home to Brevard County's only dog-friendly beach. Dogs on a leash are allowed on a 700-foot stretch of beach located at the east end of Eau Gallie Blvd. in Indian Harbour Beach. The boundaries of the dog beach are Eau Gallie Boulevard to the north and the property line of the Radisson Suite Oceanfront Hotel to the south. The dog beach boundaries are indicated by signs.

Jacksonville Beach, City of
Dogs on a leash no longer than 12 feet are only allowed on Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and have a current rabies tag.

Jenson Beach: Walton Rocks Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Walton Rocks Beach is St. Lucie County’s only Dog Friendly Beach. It's located at 6501 A1A, is dog-friendly year round and dogs can be leashed or off-leash.
Thank you, Julie Vergara!

Jupiter, Town of
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are welcome only on a 2.5 mile stretch of beach, from North of the Juno Beach lifeguarded area to South of the Carlin Park lifeguarded area – crossovers 25-59. Please respect any NO DOGS ON BEACH areas. Dogs are not allowed in lifeguarded areas, Palm Beach County Natural Areas or Town of Jupiter parks.

Key Biscayne: Rickenbacker Causeway Dog Beach
The dog beach is located at the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne.

Neptune Beach
Dogs on a leash no longer than 12 feet are only allowed on Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and have a current rabies tag.

New Smyrna Beach: Smyrna Dunes Park, 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL
Located at the northern tip of the island, Smyrna Dunes Park has beaches both on the Atlantic and Ponce Inlet. Dogs are allowed in this county park, but must be leashed at all times.

Satellite Beach: Samsons Island
Samsons Island, owned by the City of Satellite Beach, Florida, is located within the City's boundaries on a 52-acre island in the Banana River. Samsons Island is only accessible by boat. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the island.

St. Augustine: Fort Matanzas National Monument
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are welcome in the park including on the beach and on the trails. Pets are not allowed in the visitor center, on the boat, or at the fort.

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Gulf County Public Beaches: Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, Port St. Joe
Dogs on a leash are allowed on public beaches in Gulf County, but are not permitted on the beach within St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

Panama City area: Shell Island
Shell Island is a natural, undeveloped island which lies between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay and is located in Bay County, Florida (Panama City - Panama City Beach). Dogs are allowed on Shell Island.

Panama City Beach: Doggie Beach, City-Owned Beach
Dogs are allowed on a 400-foot piece of the shore west of the City Pier also known as the Russell-Fields Pier. Dogs must be on a leash and are permitted on the beach from sunrise to sunset each day. Dog owners must have proof their pets' vaccinations are current and the dogs must have proper ID tags. Owners must clean up after their dogs, and food in bowls is prohibited. No more than three dogs per person are allowed on the beach at any time. Rules for Dog Beach

Pensacola: Bayview Park Dog Beach, 2001 East Lloyd St., Pensacola, FL 32503
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The dog park at Bayview Park is a protected acre on Bayou Texar for dogs to run and play. Next to the park is a fenced dog beach where dogs can cool off in the water.

St. George Island Public Beaches
Dogs on a leash are allowed on public beaches on St. George Island, but are not permitted on the beach within St. George Island State Park.

GULF COAST

Belleair Bluffs: Belleair Beach Causeway "Dog Beach"
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The city of Belleair Bluffs is located between Clearwater Beach and Indian Rocks Beach. The beach is located on the stretch of sand that lies to the south of the Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge at the east end, accessible under the high-level bridge from the boat ramp parking lot. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach.

Bradenton Beach: Palma Sola Causeway AKA "Dog Beach"
The Palma Sola Causeway is located at 9000 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209. Dogs are not permitted on any of the island's beaches. However, dogs can swim at the Palma Sola Causeway Park located on Manatee Avenue just 4 miles east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge and about .5 miles from 75th Street. There are also picnic tables, docks, restrooms and grills.
Thank you, Cheryl!

Bonita Springs: Dog Beach AKA Lee County Off-Leash Dog Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The beach is located at the south end of Lovers Key just west of New Pass Bridge and north of Bonita Beach. No freshwater or amenities are available. No other Lee County beaches allow off-leash dogs; and only the City of Sanibel and the Town of Fort Myers Beach allow dogs on the beach while on-leash.

Dunedin/Clearwater area: Honeymoon Island State Park "Pet Beach"
Honeymoon Island State Park is located on Honeymoon Island, a barrier island across St. Joseph's Sound from Palm Harbor, Ozona, and Crystal Beach. The Pet Beach is located on the southern tip of the Island. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on this portion of the beach and on the nature trail.

Fort Myers Beach, Town of
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beaches. Dogs must be licensed.

Sanibel Island: Algiers Beach/Gulfside City Park
Gulfside City Park features beach access, a nice picnic area, and a nature trail. Dogs on a leash are allowed on Algiers Beach.

Sanibel Island: Bowman's Beach
Bowman's Beach offers some of the island's best shelling and most remote beach space. There is a quarter mile or so walk from the parking lot to the beach. Dogs on a leash are allowed on Bowman's Beach.

Sanibel Island: Lighthouse Park Beach
The park offers beach access, but swimming is not recommended due to causeway currents. Dogs on a leash are allowed on Lighthouse Park Beach.

Sanibel Island: Tarpon Bay Road Beach
Tarpon Bay Road Beach is located at the southern end of Tarpon Bay Road, at the intersection of Tarpon Bay Road @ West Gulf. The beach is 8/10 mile south of Periwinkle Way. Dogs on a leash are allowed on Tarpon Bay Road Beach.

St. Petersburg: Abercrombie Park
Abercrombie Park is located just west of Park Street between 38th Avenue and 39th Avenue North. A quarter-mile path leads to the small dog beach in this city park. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park and on the beach.

St. Petersburg: Gandy Beach
Gandy Beach is located along the south side of the Gandy Bridge between Tampa and Pinellas County. Dogs are allowed on the beach.

Tampa: Davis Islands Dog Parks
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Davis Islands Dog Parks are located at 1002 Severn Ave on Davis Islands. The parks are two seperate fenced in areas located at the South end of the Island, past the Peter O. Knight Airport. The dry dog park is approximately 1 acre. The dog beach is 1.5 acres with more than 200 feet of waterfront access. Friends of Davis Islands Dog Parks

Tampa: Picnic Island Park, Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located in Port Tampa, Picnic Island Park encompasses 7.8 acres of sandy beach access. Dogs are welcome to play off-leash on the beach at this park. Just be careful as the area is not fully fenced so if your pet isn’t voice trained you may have issues. There is a children’s play area as well, with water for both dogs and humans.
Thank you, Barbara Ann Kelly!

Tierra Verde/St. Petersburg area: Fort De Soto Park, Paw Playground and Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The only Pinellas County park where dogs are allowed on the beach is the dog park at Fort De Soto park. In addition to having side-by-side, fenced-in dog parks for small and big dogs, Fort De Soto Park has a strip of beach available for dog owners and their furry friends to run without a leash. Dog owners can lay out on the beautiful, white sandy beach and let their dogs socialize with dozens of other animals. If your dog is hot and thirsty, back in the fenced in dog park is a cooling off area with a hose and two water fountains, one for humans and one for dogs. Once inside Ft. Desoto Park, turn right towards the North Beach and the Paw Playground is by the fishing pier on the left. Fort De Soto Park - Paw Playground

Venice: Paw Park, 1600 South Harbor Dr., Venice FL
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. A fenced dog play yard leads to the only beach area in the county where dogs are allowed. Located at 1600 South Harbor Dr., th park includes a fenced in area where dogs can run leash-free during daylight hours and access to a beach where dogs are allowed off-leash.

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Islamorada: Anne's Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Anne's Beach is located on a thin strip of land at the southern tip of Lower Matecumbe Island at MM 73 on the ocean side. The beach features a shallow swimming area, covered picnic tables, boardwalk and bathroom facilities. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach.

Key West: Dog Beach
Dogs are allowed on this tiny stretch of beach (about 30 feet wide) located next to Louie's Backyard at Vernon and Waddell. No restrooms or facilities.

Little Duck Key: Veteran's Memorial Park and Beach
Veteran's Memorial Park and Beach is located at Mile Marker 40 on Highway 1. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

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Jekyll Island
Dogs on a leash are allowed on beaches anywhere on the island except on an area on the sound end, from the boardwalk at the South Dunes Picnic area south and around the southern tip of the island north to a point or equivalent to 2,000 feet south of the St. Andrews Picnic area. Signs are posted.

St. Simons Island
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach north of First Street and west of Mallory Street after Labor Day to the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend. From the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Tybee Island
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches anywhere on Tybee Island. Violators are subject to a $290 fine on the first offense.
Thank you, Mark!

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Oahu: Dog Friendly Beaches
Dogs on a leash are allowed on many Oahu beaches, but must be kept on a leash.

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Chicago: Belmont Harbor Dog Beach, 3200 N. Lakeshore Dr., Chicago, IL 60657
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash in the fenced beach area north of Belmont Harbor, located off Lake Shore Drive just south of Recreation Drive. This is not an official beach but a small strip of sand on the west side of Belmont Harbor.

Chicago: Montrose Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The beach is a fenced-off area located on the northwest corner of Montrose Beach (the point closest to the city). Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach but must remain leashed when going to and from the car, or anywhere outside the off-leash area. Everyone who uses the beach is required to have a DFA (Dog Friendly Area) tag to prove that their dog is vaccinated and in good health. The Dog Beach is open year round, during all regular Chicago Park District hours.

Evanston: Dog Beach
The beach is located just north of the Church Street launch facility, where Church St. meets the lake, and is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., April through November, weather permitting. Admission is restricted to dog owners or handlers with a dog beach pass. The dog must be currently licensed in Evanston or provide proof that the dog is licensed by the local government where the dog’s owner lives.

Highland Park: Moraine Park Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The beach is located at 2501 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park. A portion of the Moraine Beach is designated as a fenced, off-leash exercise beach for dogs, April 1 through Oct. 31. A picture permit card is required to be allowed entrance into this off-leash area.

Wilmette: Gillson Park Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The beach is located at the south end of Gillson Park in Wilmette. Dogs must have a permit to use the Dog Beach and must be on leash at all times in Gillson Park while on their way to the dog beach. All other times they may be off-leash. The beach has specific hours (see below) and will be closed on July 3 & 4 for Independence Day activities and fireworks. Dog Beach hours are: May 24 to Sept. 1, 2014, Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. September 2, 2014 to May 22, 2015, Seven days a week: 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. To use the Dog Beach owners must purchase a tag for their dog—fees are $27 for residents and $160 for non-residents. Tags may be purchased at the Park District Administrative Office in Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave. Permit tags are good for one year and expire on April 30.

Winnetka: Centennial Park Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The Winnetka Park District operates an off-leash dog beach at Centennial Park, located south of Elder and Sheridan Rd. Anyone wishing to bring his/her dog to the dog beach must have a valid pass. Dogs must be leashed at all times while in the park (Centennial Park is not part of the dog beach); they may be released from their leash only when they enter the fenced-in area leading to the beach. There is a limit of two dogs per person at the beach at a time.

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Porter, Lake Michigan: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The national lakeshore beach east of Indiana Dunes State Park is open to dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Dogs are not permitted on the beach west of the state park (State Highway 49). Dogs are permitted in parking areas and trails near the beach area, but must stay off the actual closed beach. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, even when swimming in the lake.

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Bar Harbor: Hadley Point Beach
Hadley Point Beach is a short drive from the downtown Bar Harbor district. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Biddeford, City of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on Biddeford public beaches before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m., from May 25 to Sept. 15 of each year. For more details call Biddeford Parks & Recreation at 207-283-0841.

Kennebunk: Gooch's Beach, Middle Beach, Mother's Beach
From June 15th until the day after Labor Day dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m and after 5 p.m. At other times of the year, dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on a leash.

Kennebunkport: Colony Beach aka Arundel Beach
Colony Beach, also called Arundel Beach, is a 150-yard stretch of sand and pebble beach at the mouth of the Kennebunk River on Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport, just about a mile south of Dock Square in the heart of the village. There is a small gravel parking lot, but no facilities. From June 15 through September 15 dogs on a leash are allowed on Colony Beach before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. At other times of the year, dogs are allowed on a leash.

Kennebunkport: Goose Rocks Beach
Goose Rocks Beach comprises close to three scenic miles of wide, smooth sandy beach. There are no lifeguards or facilities. From June 15 through September 15 dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach before 8:30 a.m. and after 6 p.m. At other times of the year, dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on a leash. For more info call the Kennebunkport Town Office at 207-967-4243.

Kittery: Seapoint and Crescent Beaches
Dogs are allowed off-leash and under control of their owner on Crescent and Seapoint beaches before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m from June 15 through Sept. 10 of each year.

Kittery: Fort Foster Park
Fort Foster Park is located on Pocahontas Road on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park except are prohibited from Pier Beach east of the Pier for approximately 400 feet or as designated by signs.

Old Orchard Beach, City of
From Memorial Day through Labor Day of each year, dogs are only allowed on the public beach before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. During the rest of the year dogs are allowed on the beach at any time.

Ogunquit: Ogunquit Beach
Dogs are allowed on the beach from October 1 to March 31; during this time they are allowed off-leash only from the Footbridge walkway north to Moody Beach, and only on the water side. Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30. Neither dogs nor people are allowed within the fenced areas along the dunes built for the protection of the piping plovers, an endangered species of bird.

Portland: East End Beach
Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach from the day after Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day, but are not permitted at all during the summer months.

Saco, City of
Dogs are allowed on Saco municipal beaches at any time. Dogs must keep on leashes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. At all other times, dogs must be on leash or under their owners' control. Within Ferry Beach State Park, dogs are not allowed on the beach proper, but are allowed in the park interior.

Scarborough: Ferry Beach, Pine Point Beach (Hurd Park), Higgins Beach
From June 15 to September 15:
Dogs are allowed off-leash and under voice control from sunrise to 9 a.m.
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach from 5 p.m. to sunrise.
Dogs are not permitted on the beach at any time from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

Scarborough: Scarborough Beach
No pets are allowed April 1st to November. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from November to April 1st.

Sears Island
Sears Island is located off the coast of Searsport in Waldo County, Maine at the top of Penobscot Bay. Dogs are allowed on the beach.

South Portland: Spring Point Shoreway
The Spring Point Shoreway runs 1.6 miles from Fisherman’s Point to Bug Light Park and features two sandy beaches. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park and along the shoreline.

South Portland: Thomas Knight Park
Dogs are allowed off-leash in the park from 6 a.m to 9 p.m. year round. There is some water access along the edge of the park and also a small beach that can be accessed by a rather steep path through the grass. Dogs on the pier or floats must be on kept on a leash.

South Portland: Willard Beach
Willard Beach overlooks Casco Bay and is sandwiched between Fisherman’s Point and the SMCC campus. From May 1 through September 30 dogs on a leash are only allowed on the beach between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and 7 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. From October 1- April 30, dogs are allowed off-leash from 7am - sunset.

Wells, Town of
From April 1 through June 15 dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach, but must be kept away from Piping Plover nests. From June 16 through September 15 dogs are only allowed on the beach from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and under charge of a responsible person.

Wells: Drake's Island Beach
Drake's Island Beach extends from the enormous rock jetty at the entrance to Wells Harbor northward to join with Laudholm Farm Beach. From April 1 through June 15 dogs on a leash are allowed the beach. From June 16 through September 15, dogs are only allowed on the beach before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and under charge of a responsible person.

York: York Harbor Beach, Long Sands Beach, Short Sands Beach, Cape Neddick Beach
From May 1 to Oct. 14 dogs are only allowed on the beaches from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight. Dogs are allowed off-leash as long as owner is present with leash at hand. No dogs allowed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Oct. 15 through April 30 dogs are allowed on the beach from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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Pets in Maryland State Parks
Maryland State Parks welcome pets on a leash. Dogs may be off-leash and under voice control while swimming in designated areas or hunting (with the appropriate permit). Pets are allowed year-round in undeveloped areas, in day use and picnic areas, in campgrounds, and on swimming beaches in the following parks: Assateague (October-April 30); Elk Neck(day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend); North Point (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend); Sandy Point (October 1-April 30).

Annapolis: Quiet Waters Dog Beach
The dog beach at Quiet Waters Park is closed due to erosion, but there are plans underway to have it open again in 2014.

Annapolis: Sandy Point State Park
Sandy Point State Park is located along the Northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Pets are allowed in the boat ramp area to board vessels and in the day use area from October 1 to April 30.

Assateague State Park
Assateague State Park is Maryland's only oceanfront park. It is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. Pets are allowed in day-use areas during the off-season, from October 1 to April 30.

Assateague Island National Seashore
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the Maryland portion of the National Seashore, but are not permitted in the backcountry, on nature trails, on the lifeguard-protected beach, north of the State Park to the Ocean City Inlet, and the entire Virginia portion of Assateague Island, even in a car.

Deep Creek Lake: Deep Creek Lake State Park
Pets are allowed to swim from shoreline in all areas except swimming beach, docks or fishing piers and are allowed in all day-use areas and lake (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area and aviary). Please keep in mind that the Garrett County Leash Law applies in the park.

Edgemere: North Point State Park
North Point State Park is located in Baltimore County on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Dogs are permitted in North Point State Park, except in the “developed area” from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. The “developed area” includes the wading beach, picnic areas, main parking lot (or parking lot B), visitor center, gazebo, trolley station, water fountain and fishing piers.

Lexington Park: Elm's Beach Park
Elm's Beach Park is located on the Chesapeake Bay. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Lusby: Flag Ponds Nature Park
Flags Pond Nature Park is located on the Chesapeake Bay. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park which includes a sandy beach.

North East: Elk Neck State Park
The park boasts 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands, and heavily wooded bluffs overlooking the North East River, the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay. Dogs are allowed in North East Beach area only during the off-season, from the day after Labor Day to the day before Memorial Day weekend.

Ocean City, City of
Dogs on a leash are only allowed on the beach and boardwalk between October 1 and April 30.

Pasadena: Downs Park Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Situated on the Chesapeake Bay in Downs Park, the beach is a small area that is not fenced. Dogs are allowed off-leash.

Scotland: Point Lookout State Park
Maryland's only beachfront state park, Point Lookout is a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. After Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend pets are allowed on paved portion of causeway, on beach north of the causeway to entrance of Tanner's Creek on Bay side, and beach south of causeway on the Bay side.

Stevensville: Dog Beach at Matapeake Park
Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park. A winding trail through the woods ends at the Dog Beach, on the sandy banks of Chesapeake Bay, where dogs are allowed to swim. Pets are not allowed on the public beach.

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BOSTON AREA & NORTH SHORE

Boston/South Boston: Carson Beach
Access the beach from Day Boulevard, South Boston. A walking path traces the water's edge from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach but only during the off-season.

Boston/South Boston: Castle Island/Pleasure Bay
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach but only during the off-season.

Boston/East Boston: Constitution Beach
Constitution Beach features a new bathhouse, large playground, picnic area, tennis and handball courts. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach but only during the off-season.

Dorchester: Malibu Beach and Savin Hill Beach
Malibu Beach and Savin Hill Beach are public beaches in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston MA. Malibu Beach offers protected swimming and bathhouse. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach but only during the off-season.

Dorchester: Tenean Beach
Tenean Beach is a popular swimming beach with playground facilities, tennis and basketball courts. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach but only during the off-season.

Gloucester
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 ft. are allowed on Gloucester beaches only during the off-season, from September 16 to April 30.

Ipswich: Crane Beach
Dog walking is permitted on the beach from October 1 through March 31. A portion of the beach to the left of the westernmost (town of Ipswich) boardwalk has been designated as a leash-free zone.

Manchester: Singing Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 16 - April 14, 2014. Each person is limited to a maximum of two dogs.
Thank you, Andrea!

Plum Island
Plum Island is an island located off the northeast coast of Massachusetts, north of Cape Ann. It is a barrier island approximately 11 miles in length. Dogs are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 15 to May 15.

Quincy: Squantum Point Park
Squantum Point Park is a small park located on the Squantum peninsula next to Marina Bay, about 15 minutes from Boston. The park is open year-round, dawn to dusk. Dog are allowed off-leash on the beach as long as they are under voice control.

Rockport, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on Rockport beaches but only during the off-season, from Sept. 16 to April 30.

Salisbury: Salisbury State Beach Reservation
The Salisbury Beach State Reservation is concentrated at the southern end of Salisbury Beach adjacent to the Merrimack River, and extends in a northerly direction along 3.8 miles of the Atlantic Ocean to the New Hampshire. Dogs on a leash are allowed all year on the riverside of the reservation.

Swampscott, Town of
Dogs are allowed on public beaches only between October 1 and May 20. Dogs must be leashed to and from the high water mark. From the high water mark to the water's edge dogs may be off the leash, but under direct control and supervision of the owner/keeper. Dog clean-up is required and harassment of wildlife is forbidden.

SOUTH SHORE

Duxbury
Any person wishing to take a dog onto Duxbury Beach properties must register with the Town of Duxbury and obtain a permit available at the Duxbury Town Hall. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach from 8 a.m. till sunset year round. However, from April 1st to September 15th all dogs are prohibited from the front beach, known as the Resident Beach, south to the poles delineating the start of the 4x4 beach, and from the back beach north of the Powder Point Bridge adjacent to the Resident Parking Lot.

Hull: Nastasket Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Sept. 16th to June 1st.

Marion: Planting Island Beach
Dogs are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 2nd to May 1st.

Marshfield: Green Harbor Beach AKA Burke's Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.
Thank you, Lee Hannula!

Marshfield: Rexhame Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.
Thank you, Lisa Reich!

Plymouth, Town of
A seasonal partial ban on dogs at Long Beach initiated by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is in effect from April 1 through September 30 and affects all Town properties north of the “Day Parking Area”, which is a 4x4 parking area located approximately one mile north of the main parking area. Dogs on a leash are allowed on Ryder Way and the beachfront from the main parking lot north to the Day Parking Area, excluding areas closed for shorebird nesting.

CAPE COD

Barnstable
Dogs are prohibited from all Barnstable public beaches from May 15 to September 15. Dogs are not allowed past the Gatehouse between May 15 and September 15 unless they are contained within a permitted vehicle that is traveling to the Off Road Vehicle beach. Dogs are allowed on Sandy Neck hiking trails anytime of the year as long as they remain on a leash from March 1st through September 15th. All dogs on the ORV corridor must be leashed unless in the Cape Cod Bay from March 1st through September 15th.

Brewster
Dogs are only allowed on public beaches, tidal flats, landings, and public ponds during the off-season, from October 2 till May 1.

Cape Cod National Seashore
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed year round on Cape Cod National Seashore beaches except as follows: During the summer, pets are not permitted on lifeguard-protected beaches. Passing through to unprotected areas of the beach is permitted; During shorebird nesting periods, pets are not permitted in posted locations. Passing through these areas is prohibited. Pets are not permitted on designated nature trails, certain bike trails, and fresh water ponds within Cape Cod National Seashore (beaches and water ), May 15 through October 15.

Chatham
Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 1st to September 15th of each year. The exception is Pleasant Bay (Jackknife), North Chatham where dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

Dennis
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches any time Memorial Day through Labor Day. Responsible owners are welcome to visit beaches with their dogs the rest of the year, as long as the dogs remain leashed, restrained, or under voice control. Chapin Beach Conservation Area: Although Chapin public beach prohibits dogs during the summer season, dog owners may follow the 4 wheel drive tracks to the left of the public beach and walk the conservation area of the beach and sand flats year round. Dogs must be on leash at all times. Beach parking sticker required during summer beach hours. Crowe’s Pasture Conservation Area and Beach: Dogs are allowed on the beach, but must be on a leash at all times.

Dennis: Fresh Pond Dog Park
Fresh Pond Dog Park has a good-sized fenced enclosure and a half-mile walking trail through cedar and maple woods. In the summer, dogs can swim in the fresh water and play without disturbing beach-goers. There's a picnic area and In the winter months, it's also a great place to take your dog for a walk and/or play in that enclosed area.

Eastham
Dogs are not allowed on any of the town beaches or in parking lots at any time from June 15th through Labor Day. FOR HOLDERS OF VALID EASTHAM BEACH STICKERS ONLY: No dogs are allowed in the Dyer Prince/Rock Harbor Area between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. between June 15th and Labor Day. Dogs on a leash will be allowed in the Dyer Prince/Rock Harbor Area only before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. between June 15th and Labor Day. Automobiles using this area must have a valid Town of Eastham sticker. In Wiley Park, no dogs will be allowed on the beach and/or in the playground from June 15th through Labor Day. Dogs are allowed on the walking trails throughout the year.

Falmouth
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beaches only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 through April 30th.

Harwich: Red River Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed at Red River Beach after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. From Memorial Day through Labor Day dogs are allowed at Red River Beach in the parking lot only.

Orleans: Nauset Beach
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches, in the parking areas or in vehicles in the parking areas at any time during the period of the Friday before Memorial Day through Columbus Day. From a point South of Nauset Beach parking lot to trail one, dogs are prohibited from May 15 to Labor Day. From a point South of trail one to the Chatham lnlet, dogs must be on a leash of not more than 30 feet at all times, unless below the high tide mark, from May 15 through Labor Day. Dogs are prohibited from areas closed to vehicle or human traffic for Piping Plover protection. Dog Area Map - shows areas where dogs are allowed and not allowed

Provincetown: Race Point Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Race Point Beach is located on the Atlantic Ocean side of Provincetown. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach year round, but must be kept on a leash and out of lifeguard protected areas.

Provincetown, Town of
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. From Memorial Day to Nov. 1st dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m and from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. From Nov. 2nd to Memorial Day dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach from 6 a.m to 9 p.m. Dogs must be leashed on Town owned beaches at all other times. All Dogs must be licensed and have a current rabies vaccination.

Sandwich
There are three saltwater and two freshwater beaches in Sandwich. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beaches only during the off-season, from Sept. 16th through May 14th. Dogs are not permitted on any public beach, including freshwater beaches, between May 15th and September 15th.

Truro, Town of
Dogs are not permitted on town beaches between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from the third Saturday in June through Labor Day. Dogs on a leash are allowed on beaches any time after Labor Day and before that third Saturday in June. No dogs are allowed in protected shorebird nesting areas when posted (usually from spring through early summer).

Wellfleet, Townof
Dogs must be leashed at all times on Town beaches and landings between May 15th and October 15th, and are not allowed on the lifeguarded portions of Newcomb Hollow, Cahoon Hollow, White Crest and Maguire Landing at LeCount Hollow between the hours of 9am and 5pm during the summer season except to walk from the parking lot to a point beyond the end of the guarded beach. Pets are never allowed on the following salt water beaches and landings: Burton Baker, Indian Neck and Nauset Road, Mayo Beach and Powers Landing. Pets are not allowed in the following freshwater ponds or on the beaches of these ponds: Gull Pond, Long Pond, Great Pond, Duck Pond, Higgins Pond, the Sluiceway, Spectacle Pond, or Dyer Pond from May 15th through October 15th. Pets shall be kept away from bathers at all town landings and beaches at all times. Pets are not allowed to be left in any parked vehicles in any beach parking lot or in any beach area or on Nauset Road during the summer season.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD

Martha's Vineyard: Eastville Point Beach, Norton Point Beach.
January 1-March 31: No restrictions on dogs.
April 1-May 14: Dogs are allowed on beaches but are prohibited within 100 yards of posted nesting habitat by federal and state regulation. The prohibition is enforced throughout the nesting season, which generally lasts from the beginning of April through the end of August. The Recreation Department will remove the signs as soon as possible after nesting is concluded.
May 15-August 30: Dogs are prohibited within 100 yards of posted nesting habitat by federal and state regulation AND Dogs are prohibited on all beaches between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
September 1-September 15: Dogs are prohibited on all beaches between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
September 16-December 31: No restrictions on dogs.
Beaches of Martha's Vineyard

NANTUCKET ISLAND

Nantucket Island
Dogs are allowed on lifeguard-protected beaches before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. daily in season. If there is no lifeguard stationed at a beach, dogs are welcome any time of day. During the off-season, dogs are allowed all day on beaches. Dogs are required to be leashed at all times.

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Boyne City: Young State Park Beach
Dogs are not allowed on the beach but can go into the water past the boat launch. There is a sandy and rocky area that leads to the water. Pets must be leashed and attended at all times and cleaned up after. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Boyne City: Tannery Beach
A popular place for dog lovers, this beach is frequently used for taking the family pet swimming on those hot summer days. (Doggie bags and scoopers are available for owners to clean up after their dogs.) West Michigan Dog Beaches

Burt Lake: Burt Lake State Park Beach
While dogs are not allowed on the swimming beach, there is a special designated spot where dogs can go into the water. It is near campsite lot number 42, off Road 1, at the west end of the park. The road leads to the beach and dog run. Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash and attended at all times. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Carp Lake/Mackinaw City area: Wilderness State Park Beach
Dogs are not allowed at the beach but they can swim in the water on the other side of the boat launch. Pets must be a on a 6 foot or less leash and cleaned up after. The park is located 11 miles west of Mackinaw City. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Empire: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are generally permitted within the Lakeshore except in certain limited areas designated as "no-pet" areas. These areas can be identified by a "No Pets" sign and by referencing the map. A small percentage of the park has been closed to pets for the protection of wildlife and to ensure the enjoyment of all park visitors. Pets are allowed on the following Beach Areas: From Platte River Campground / Railroad Grade trail north to Peterson Road; From Esch Road north to the Lakeshore boundary (south of Empire); From the Lakeshore boundary north of Empire to just south of the North Bar Lake stream outlet; From Maritime Museum east (but not on the Maritime Museum grounds) to the Lakeshore boundary (west of Glen Arbor); From the Lakeshore boundary north of Glen Arbor around Pyramid Point to CR 669; From CR 651 north to the Lakeshore northern boundary. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Ferrysburg: North Beach Park
This popular 7 acre park offers swimming and sunbathing along 745 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. Dogs are allowed at North Beach Park only during the off-season, from October 1 through April 30. Dogs must be on ten foot leashes and under control.

Grand Haven: Grand Haven City Beach
Dogs are welcome on City Beach except when swim buoys are in place. During this time, dogs are permitted to swim on the designated beach just south of the swim area.

Grand Marais area/Upper Peninsula: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the Lake Superior beach areas directly in front of the following drive-in campgrounds: Twelvemile Beach Campground, Hurricane River Campground and Au Sable Light Station.

Harbor Springs: Zoll Street Beach
Zoll Street beach is dog friendly. Located at the western edge of Wequetonsing, this beach has a long, shallow area that is great for dogs to play in the water. There's sandy and grassy areas and picnic tables. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Holland: Tunnel Park
Along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, this popular 22 acre park is a great place for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking. Dogs are allowed at Tunnel Park but only during the off-season, from October 1 through April 30. Dogs must be on ten foot leashes and under control,

Manistee: Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, Huron-Manistee National Forest
Nordhouse Dunes is a National Wilderness Area within the Manistee National Forest. It is the only congressionally designed wilderness area located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Michigan's lower peninsula. No dogs allowed on the swimming beach, but they are allowed on the rest of the beach in designated areas only. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Munising area/Upper Peninsula: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on Miners Beach and on the beaches of Sand Point.

Muskegon: Norman F. Kruse Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. The park has about one mile of Lake Michigan Beach. The city has allocated a section of the beach along the northern part of the park just for dogs. The location of the dog beach is Sherman at Beach in Muskegon. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Ottawa County
Ottawa County Parks & Recreation welcomes dogs to most of its properties. Dogs must be controlled on leashes ten foot or less, except in off-leash areas. Seasonal restrictions apply at some properties.

Saline: Saline Dog Park in Mill Pond Park, 565 W. Bennett St., Saline, MI 48176
The Saline Dog Park offers a one-acre dog park with an area open to the water where dogs can swim and play off-leash. The dog park is fenced on three sides, with the sparkling waters of the Saline River forming the other side.

Sawyer: Warren Dunes State Park
Dogs are allowed on two-mile non-swimming beach and on trails. West Michigan Dog Beaches

Stevensville: Grand Mere State Park
Dogs on leash are allowed at the beach and on the hiking trails. The one mile beach is located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

West Olive: Kirk Park Dog Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Stretching along Lake Michigan's shoreline for over 1/3 mile, this park boasts 68 acres of sandy beach, high bluffs and wooded dunes. There is an off-leash beach at the southernmost area of the park. The area is accessible from the south beach stairs, and dogs must remain on leash to and from the off leash beach. For the safety and enjoyment of all park guests, pets must be on ten foot leashes and under control.

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Minneapolis: Minnehaha Off-Leash Recreation Area
This 6.58 acre dog park offers broad expanses for dogs to run and a sandy beach along the Mississippi River. It is located on the south end of Minnehaha Park, 54th St. and Hiawatha Ave. In order to use the Off-Leash Recreation Areas, pet owners must first obtain a permit.

White Bear Lake: White Bear Lake Dog Beach at Matoska Park
Dogs are allowed to swim in a designated area near the park's swimming beach.

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Hancock and Jackson Counties
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beaches in Hancock and Jackson counties. These beaches include: Lakeshore Beach, Lakeshore Drive, Bay St. Louis, MS; Bay St. Louis Beach, St. Charles Street, Bay St. Louis, MS; Buccaneer State Park Beach, State Park Road, Waveland, MS; Waveland Beach, Vacation Lane, Waveland, MS; Front Beach, Ocean Springs, MS; East Beach, Ocean Springs, MS; Pascagoula Beach, Pascagoula, MS.

Ocean Springs: Front Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on Front Beach. The leash law is enforced on Front Beach Drive from the Biloxi Bay Bridge to the Ocean Springs Small Craft Harbor.

Ocean Springs: East Beach
East Beach is located on East Beach Drive which runs from Shearwater Drive to Halstead Road; the only exception is that animals may run at large in presence of their owners. Dogs are allowed off-leash on East Beach, but must be under the complete control of the owner.

Pascagoula: Pascagoula Beach
Dogs are allowed on a western stretch of the beach, less than a quarter of a mile, between Pascagoula and Hague streets. Dogs are allowed off-leash, but must be under the complete control of the owner.

Waveland: Buccaneer State Park Beach
Buccaneer State Park is located on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico approximately 50 miles from New Orleans. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

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Bozeman: Canine Beach at the Bozeman Ponds, 700 S Fowler Ave, Bozeman, Mt 59718
Located on the west side of the Bozeman Ponds, the Canine Beach is a great place to take your dog for some exercise and swimming. Only the enclosed canine beach section of Bozeman Ponds is a designated off-leash park; leashes are required on all other beach areas.

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Lake Tahoe: Chimney Beach
Chimney Beach is located along the northeastern Nevada portion of the lake, about a 13-mile road drive from the southern stateline. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Lake Tahoe/Stateline: Nevada Beach
Dogs are permitted at the South end of Nevada Beach in Stateline, Nevada. The beach is adjacent to trails and meadows, just south of the campground.
Thank you, champthe dog!

Lake Tahoe/Zephyr Cove: North Beach at Zephyr Cove Resort, 460 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
Zephyr Cove Resort sits on National Forest land and is managed by Aramark. While dogs aren't permitted on the main beach at Zephyr Cove, dogs are allowed on north beach of the resort which is part of the Tahoe National Forest and allows dogs. North Beach is located approximately 100 yards north of the parking lot at Zephyr Cove Resort.

Lake Tahoe/Incline Village: Ski Beach at Incline Village, 967 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89451
Ski Beach has a boat launching facility, picnic areas, a bocce ball court and volleyball court. Dogs are only allowed on Ski Beach from Oct. 15th to April 15th. Dogs are not allowed on Incline Beach or Burnt Cedar Beach at any time.

Lake Tahoe/Incline Village: Skunk Harbor
Skunk Harbor's beach can only be accessed by hiking an easy 1.5-mile long trail. The trailhead for this hike is located 2 miles north of the Highway 50/28 junction. Look for a green gate on the west (lake) side of the road. Watch out for parking in the turnout: the sheriff's department will ticket you mercilessly even if you obey the "fire access - keep clear" sign. Follow this road down to a fork at about 1 mile. The left fork will continue to Prey Meadows while the right fork continues on to Skunk Harbor on the Lake's shore. Great secluded cove with sandy beach that dogs love! And a good 3 mile roundtrip hike for you.
Thank you, Eric!

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New Castle: New Castle Beach
New Castle Beach is located between the Great Island Common and Ocean Street. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from September 16th through May 14th. Dogs are prohibited from town beaches from May 15th through September 15th. Dogs are never permitted at state beaches or state parks.

Rye
From the Saturday before Memorial Day and ending the Saturday after Labor Day dogs are allowed on Town beaches before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Dogs are never permitted at state beaches and parks.

Seabrook
From Memorial Day to Labor Day dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only after 6 p.m. and before 8 a.m.

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Asbury Park: Asbury Park Dog Beach AKA 8th Ave. Beach
Asbury Park Dog Beach is a municipally sanctioned portion of the Asbury Park beach were dogs are allowed to run off leash and swim during the off-season. Dog Beach is located on the ‘surfers beach’, otherwise known as the 8th Ave. beach. From May 1st - Sept. 30th dogs are only allowed on the surfing beach north of of 8th Ave. between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. Dogs must be licensed. No dogs allowed on the boardwalk from May 1st - Sept. 30th.

Avalon
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 to March 1. Dogs are not permitted on the beach, boardwalk or dunes anytime between March 1st and September 30th.

Brigantine Beach
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 1 to May 29th. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the North-End Beach any time.

Cape May: Cape May City
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the months of November through March. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and be accompanied by their owner or caretaker.

Cape May: Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from September 1st to April 30th. Some areas with designated dog training areas allow dog training all year. A person may exercise or train dogs in designated dog training areas from May 1 to August 31 inclusive, only on the following select WMAs: Assunpink, Glassboro, Pequest, Tuckahoe, Black River, Hainesville (water dogs only), Salem River, Whittingham (upland and water dog areas), Clinton, Manasquan, Winslow, Colliers Mills, Millville, Stafford Forge. All dogs must be properly licensed. A person may exercise or train dogs on any WMA from September 1 to April 30. There shall be no exercising or training of dogs on any WMA on the Friday before the opening day of the regular small game season. Dog Training, Exercising & Hunting on Wildlife Management Areas
Thank you, Dana!

Cape May: Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is a beach located near Cape May Point, along the Delaware Bay. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from September 15 to April 15th.

Egg Harbor Township, Ocean City Area: Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area
Malibu Beach (commonly known as "Dog Beach") is located on Bay Drive, just off of the Longport Causeway in South Jersey. The beach is on the left, just prior to going on the bridge into Ocean City. Dogs are allowed on the beach and beachgoers are expected to clean up after their pets (and themselves). The beach is open daily, year round and is an awesome place to go!
Thank you, Heather!

Long Beach Island: Barnegat Light Beaches
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 2nd through April 15th. Long Beach Island, NJ, Dog Information

Lower Township along the Delaware Bay, Cape May Area
Dogs are permitted year-round. Lower Township is considering tightening regulations, so CLEAN UP after your pet if you want this to remain a pet-friendly area. Lower's beaches literally run along the coast and are quite narrow compared to Cape May's. Follow directions to the Ferry terminal, then make a right rather than turn into the Ferry complex. The beach will be to your left and continues as the bay.
Thank you, Anthony!

Manasquan: Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area
This 55-acre site, the last undeveloped tract on the Manasquan Inlet, is a great place to fish, walk on the beach, or go sunbathing. Dogs must be on leash at all times while at this park.

Mantoloking
Dogs on a leash are allowed on beaches between May 15th and October 1st only between sunrise and 8 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to sunset, but are not permitted at any time between May 15th and October 1st on the Lyman Street beach and access way or in or upon the area known as North Lagoon (adjacent to Bergen Avenue). From October 2nd to May 14th dogs are allowed on beaches and access ways unleashed, but only when under the direct and immediate control of a responsible person.

Ocean City
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 1 to April 30. Dogs are not allowed at any time of the year on the Boardwalk or any platform or ramp associated.

Port Monmouth: Bayshore Waterfront Park
Bayshore Waterfront Park, located in Port Monmouth next to Monmouth Cove Marina, preserves a thriving coastal landscape on Sandy Hook Bay. Enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, mile of beach and scenic views across the water. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park.

Sandy Hook: Gateway National Recreation Area
Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook is a 'dog friendly' beach on the Inlet side of the Hook, but your dogs must be leashed at all times. Dogs on a leash are permitted on bay-side beaches at Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove throughout the year. Dogs are not permitted on Ocean-side beaches at Sandy Hook Unit from March 15 through Labor Day (piping plover season); swimming beaches at Staten Island Unit's Great Kills Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day; at Jacob Riis Park, Fort Tilden and Breezy Point Tip (all within Jamaica Bay Unit) between March 15 and September 15 (piping plover season); or on any part of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at any time of year.

Sea Girt
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 through March 14. Dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk.

Seaside Park: Island Beach State Park
Island Beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, dogs are not permitted on the Ocean Swimming Beaches (lifeguarded areas). Dogs are permitted South of the Ocean Swimming Areas during this time period but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and you must clean up after your pet. Dogs are not permitted on the Spizzle Creek Bird Blind Trail at any time.

Ship Bottom
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from October 2nd to May 1st.

Stone Harbor
Dogs are allowed on the beach from 7:00 p.m. to sunset year round. All dogs must be leashed.

Ventnor City
From October 1st through May 15th, dogs may be walked on a leash only on the areas of beach washed by the high tideline. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 through September 30th.

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Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach is a village off the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York. It is located on Long Beach Barrier Island. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 through March 31. Dogs are not permitted on the Boardwalk at any time.

Brooklyn: Prospect Park Dog Beach
Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in all places, at all times between 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. All other times dogs may be off leash in the Long Meadow, the Nethermead, and the Peninsula, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m; 5 a.m until 9 a.m. Swimming is allowed only at the Dog Beach and in the Lake from the off-leash area known as the Peninsula but only during off-leash hours. Dogs are NEVER, EVER allowed off-leash in the water after off-leash hours.

East Hampton, Long Island
From the second Sunday in May through Sept. 30th dogs and other animals are only allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

East Islip, Long Island: Heckscher State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach, access in undeveloped areas only. Dogs are not permitted in bathing and picnic areas, in buildings or on walkways.

Fire Island: Fire Island National Seashore
Dogs are not permitted on Fire Island National Seashore's ocean beaches and in the Fire Island Wilderness from March 15 through Labor Day. During the summer when ocean beaches are closed to pets, dogs on a leash not longer than 6 feet are allowed on bayside beaches at the Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailors Haven, Talisman/Barrett Beach, and Watch Hill. Dogs are not permitted at any time in buildings, on lifeguarded areas of the beach, picnic areas, or in areas closed for wildlife protection. Dogs and other domestic pets may be permitted to ride on ferries to Fire Island, at the discretion of the captain. A dog fare is charged.

Fire Island: Fire Island Lighthouse
The Fire Island Lighthouse is on the western part of Fire Island National Seashore, adjacent to Robert Moses State Park. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the bayside beach at Fire Island Lighthouse. Dogs are not permitted at Robert Moses State Park.

Fire Island: Sailors Haven
Sailors Haven is home to one of the best known areas of Fire Island National Seashore—the Sunken Forest. It is located near the center of the island, across the Great South Bay from Sayville, New York. Dogs are not permitted on the ocean beach at Sailors Haven from March 15 through Labor Day. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the bayside beach.

Fire Island: Barrett Beach/Talisman
The Barrett Beach/Talisman area is located near the center of Fire Island National Seashore. It is across the Great South Bay from Bayport and Sayville, Long Island. At this time, it is only accessible by private boat and foot, and by charter ferry service from Patchogue or Sayville. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the bayside beach.

Fire Island: Watch Hill
Watch Hill is located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue, Long Island. It is accessible by Watch Hill Ferry, private boat, and foot only. Dogs are never allowed on lifeguarded beaches. However, dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the bayside beach.

Fire Island: Village of Ocean Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Sept. 16 through May 14.

Lake George Village
The Dog Beach in Lake George Village is exclusively for dogs and their owners to enjoy the lake & sandy beach during the summer months. The beach is located on Beach Road, next to Million Dollar Beach, in the heart of Lake George Village. It is open in the summer only, from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend.

Gateway National Recreation Area
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on bay-side beaches at Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove throughout the year. Dogs are not permitted on ocean-side beaches at Sandy Hook Unit from March 15 through Labor Day (piping plover season).

Larchmont, Westchester County: Dog Beach
Dog Beach is located right next to Manor Park at the end of Beach Avenue overlooking the Long Island Sound. While most of the property is protected by barriers and a giant stone wall that stretches the whole beach, be aware that there is no fenced in entrance. The Dog Beach is about 50 feet wide, a relatively small strip of sand, although the beachfront extends all the way into the distance during low tide.

Montauk, Long Island: Camp Hero State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park year round.

Montauk, Long Island: Hither Hills State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park, access in certain areas of the park only: north of Montauk Parkway, East of Napeague Harbor and west of overlook parking. Dogs are not permitted in the camping, bathing and picnic areas, in buildings or on walkways. For campers, if your site allows pets, there is a two-pet maximum.

Montauk, Long Island: Montauk Point State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach, access in certain parks only. Dogs are not permitted in the camping, bathing and picnic areas, in buildings or on walkways.

Montauk, Long Island: Shadmoor State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed in the park year round.

New York: Dogs in New York City Parks
From May 1 to October 1 dogs are not allowed to enter any bathing facilities, including New York City beaches. From October 1 until May 1 dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the sand and boardwalk at Rockaway Beach, Coney Island & Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Midland Beach, and South Beach. No dogs are allowed on the sand at all New York City beaches. Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/promenade at Orchard Beach, Coney Island, Brighton, Midland, South, and Manhattan Beaches.

Southampton, Long Island: Town Beaches
Dogs are allowed at all town-owned beach recreation facilities only during the off-season, from October 2nd till April 1st. All dogs must be under immediate supervision and control at all times and are not allowed within 50 feet of any areas posted for protection of piping plovers and other endangered species.

Southampton, Long Island: Town Access Road Beaches (unprotected waterfronts)
Dogs are allowed on Ocean and Bay Beach Areas within 150 feet of an Access Road regulated as "Parking-by-Permit Only" area at all times except between July 1st through Labor Day when they are allowed only after 6 p.m. and before 9 a.m. All dogs must be under immediate supervision and control at all times and are not allowed within 50 feet of any areas posted for protection of piping plovers and other endangered species.

West Bay Shore: Gardiner County Park
This huge park has wooded trails, a pond and access to the Great South Bay. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

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Atlantic Beach, Town of
Atlantic Beach is situated on beautiful Bogue Banks, a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach strand, but are not allowed in lifeguard protected areas beyond 20 feet from the water’s edge.

Carolina Beach, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Nov. 1st to Feb. 28th. All dogs are required to be on a leash at all times.

Emerald Isle
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.

Holden Beach, Town of
From May 20th to September 10th, dogs on a leash are only allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. daily. Dogs must be on a leash at all times on the island.

Kure Beach: Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is located in New Hanover County five miles south of Carolina Beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach, but are not allowed in bathhouses, changing areas, rinsing stations, swimming areas, restrooms, visitor centers, rental boats or group campsites.

Kure Beach, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the Kure Beach strand from October 1st to March 31st. it is unlawful for any person to have or allow their dog to be upon the beach strand of Kure Beach during the period of April 1st through September 30th of each year.

Oak Island, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round. Dogs are only allowed off-leash on the beach between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. year round.

Ocean Isle Beach, Town of
Dogs can be walked on the beach strand with the following restrictions: Dogs are not allowed on the beach strand from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day. No dogs allowed at any time in Public Access/Parking Areas. All dogs must be leashed or fenced at all times. Pooper Scooper Ordinance in effect. Animal waste disposal bags are provided for your convenience at the beach access areas.

Onslow Beach: Onslow Beach Recreation Area
Onslow Beach is a 12 km stretch of undeveloped beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, North Carolina. All dogs, horses or other animals are required to stay within the authorized area and observe all posted rules and regulations. Animals are not permitted on any swimming beach, and are only allowed beach access at the designated Pet Beach located south of the SNCO pavilion. Pets are not permitted to run freely anywhere at Onslow Beach Recreation Area. All pets must be kept on a leash that does not exceed ten (10) feet in length.

OUTER BANKS

Outer Banks Beach Pet Rules
The towns and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore each have their own restriction pertaining to pets. All municipalities have ordinances to clean up after your pet and that the State of NC requires rabies tags to be worn at all times.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a 72-mile stretch of the Outer Banks from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beaches in established off-road vehicle use areas, but are not permitted on designated swimming beaches or in buildings.

Cape Lookout National Seashore
The seashore is a 56 mile long section of the Outer Banks running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beaches and may be allowed on some public ferries (check with ferry operators). Pets are not allowed inside any other buildings in the national seashore.

Corolla, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.

Duck, Town of
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed on Duck's beach year round and may run off-leash on the beach while under the control of the owner.

Kill Devil Hills, Town of
Between May 15 and September 15 of each year, no dogs shall be permitted on the public beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. At all other times, dogs are allowed on the public beach, but must be kept on a leash.

Kitty Hawk, Town of
Dogs are allowed on public beaches. From the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet. At all other times during the year, dogs must be restrained on a leash retractable to 12 feet. Dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach. Unleashed dogs must be controlled by the handler, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times. A leash must be with owner/handler at all times.

Manteo, Town of
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach year round.

Nags Head, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.

Ocracoke Island
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach year round. Dogs are prohibited on designated swimming beaches. You must take a ferry to get to Ocracoke Island. All ferries to Ocracoke are pet friendly.

Southern Shores, Town of
From May 15 - September 15 no dogs allowed on the beach between the hours of 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash and owners need to clean up after their pet.

SUNSET BEACH

Sunset Beach, Town of
From the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

TOPSAIL ISLAND

North Topsail Beach, Town of
Dogs are allowed on the beach year round, but must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times. The leash is not to be longer than twenty-five (25) feet in length (retractable).

Surf City, Town of
Dogs on a leash no longer than 10 feet are allowed on the beach year round.

Topsail Beach, Town of
Dogs are allowed on the beach, but they must be on a leash from May 15th through September 30th. At other times the dog must be under voice command of a responsible person, but does not have to be on a leash.These regulations apply to the entire town including the beach.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

Wrightsville Beach, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach strand only during the off-season, from Oct. 1st to April 1st.

OHIO
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Pets in Ohio State Parks
Pets are permitted in most day use areas, with the exception of swimming beaches, and must be on a leash. Pets are not permitted on swimming beaches, but dog swim areas are provided adjacent to the dog parks at the following parks:
Alum Creek State Park, 3615 S. Old State Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
Mosquito Lake State Park, 1439 State Route 305, Cortland, Ohio 44410
Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road, Akron, Ohio 44319
Salt Fork State Park, 14755 Cadiz Road, Lore City, Ohio 43755
Lake access for dogs is offered at the following parks:
A.W. Marion State Park, 7317 Warner Huffer Road, Circleville, Ohio 43113
Deer Creek State Park, 20635 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143
Harrison Lake State Park, 26246 Harrison Lake Road, Fayette, Ohio 43521
Lake Alma State Park, 422 Lake Alma Road, Wellston, Ohio 45692

Akron: Portage Lakes State Park Dog Park
The Dog Park has lake access for dogs to swim and play in the water.

Circleville: A.W. Marion State Park Dog Park
The Dog Park offers lake access for dogs to swim and play in the water.

Cortland: Mosquito Lake State Park, Cooperation Station Dog Park
Cooperation Station Dog Park is a 5 acre off-leash dog park, surrounded by a split wood and mesh fence. It includes a swim area for dogs. Mosquito Lake "Cooperation Station" Dog Park

Delaware: Alum Creek State Park, Alum Creek Dog Park
The Alum Creek Dog Park is on a 4-acre site along the reservoir near the marina. The grounds include a fenced area with water access for dogs that enjoy water sports and two additional fenced areas for small and large dogs. Alum Creek Dog Park

Fairport Harbor: Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park
Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park has about 700 feet of shoreline on Lake Erie. Dogs must be on a leash and are allowed only on the paved parking lot and in the designated dog swim area. The dog swim area is located at the east end of the beach between the two signs clearly marked “Dog Swim Area.” This is the only place dogs are allowed on the sand. Dogs not in the swim area must remain on the sidewalks, parking lots or grassy areas. You must leash your dog when it is out of the water and you must carry the leash with you at all times.

Fayette: Harrison Lake State Park
Lake access for dogs offers a place for pets to swim and play in the water.

Geneva: Geneva State Park
No dogs allowed on the swimming beach. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the water outside of the designated swimming beach.

Kelleys Island: Kelleys Island State Park Beach
Kelleys Island is located in the western basin of Lake Erie, about four miles north of Marblehead and twelve miles from Sandusky in Erie County. Dogs on a leash are allowed in beach areas. Dogs are not permitted at the swimming beach, but can use the "long-beach" section of the park. A ferry ride is required to get the island, leashed dogs are allowed on the Kelley's Island Ferry.

Mt. Sterling: Deer Creek State Park, Dog Park
Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County became the sixth state park to add an exercise area and associated swim beach exclusively for canines. Dogs are allowed off-leash in the enclosed dog park and beach. Otherwise, dogs are required to be on a leash when visiting a state park.

Stow: Bow Wow Beach Dog Park at Silver Springs Park
This 7.5 acre fenced-in dog park includes a 3 acre lake with a sandy beach, a dog washing area, and a separate small dog area for dogs 35 pounds and under.

Wellston: Lake Alma State Park, Dog Park
Located just outside of the Hocking Hills in Vinton County. Dogs on a leash are allowed throughout the park, with the exception of swimming beaches. A Dog Park and "Dog Beach" allows dogs to be off leash, and swim in the designated area.

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Oklahoma City: Paw Park Dog Park, 3303 NW Grand Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73116
The Dog Park has two fenced play areas — one for dogs under 30 pounds and the seniors, and one for larger dogs. Water stations, trees, benches, lots of room to run and a pond make it the perfect play area! The Paw Park is bordered on the north by a Duck Pond. The Dog Park’s area of the pond has been roped off and a fine-grade gravel beach has been built to give dogs a large area for swimming and playing in the water.
Thank you, Cindy Downes!

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Oregon State Parks and Beaches
Beaches that are within the boundaries of an Oregon state park require all pets on a leash not more than six feet long and kept under physical control at all times. If you are on a beach outside of the boundaries of an Oregon state park, leashes are not specifically required, but physical control must be maintained. Where beaches have been designated Western Snowy Plover nesting sites or wildlife habitat areas, all beach pedestrians must stay on the wet sand and all pets must remain on a six foot leash and kept under physical control. Pet control in wildlife habitat areas apply to both Oregon State Park and Ocean Shore areas. Designated areas are well signed to warn beach visitors of wildlife habitat areas.

Oregon Beaches Outside of an Oregon State Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash on all beaches outside of the boundaries of a state park.

Bandon: Bullards Beach State Park
Bullards Beach is located 2 miles north of Bandon. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Brookings: Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park is located on the north side of Brookings. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feets are allowed on the beach.

Brookings: McVay Rock State Recreation Site
McVay Rock State Recreation Site is located on Highway 101 south of Brookings. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Brookings: Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is located 4 miles north of Brookings. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Cannon Beach: Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site
Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site is located 3 miles south of Cannon Beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Cannon Beach, City of
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed on the beach, as long as they are on a leash or under voice control of the owner.

Cannon Beach: Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park is located 2 miles north of Cannon Beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Cannon Beach: Hug Point State Recreation Site
Hug Point State Recreation Site is located 5 miles south of Cannon Beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Coos Bay: Sunset Bay State Park
Sunset Bay State Park is located 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Depoe Bay: Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area is located 2 miles north of Depoe Bay. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Florence: Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is located 14 miles north of Florence. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Florence: Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is located 13 miles north of Florence. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Gold Beach: Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint
Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint is located 11 miles south of Gold Beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Lincoln City: D River State Recreation Site
D River State Recreation Site is located on US 101, Lincoln City. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Lincoln City: Roads End State Recreation Site
Roads End State Recreation Site is located 1 mile north of Lincoln City. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Manzanita: Nehalem Bay State Park
Nehalem Bay State Park is located 3 miles south of Manzanita Junction. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Manzanita: Oswald West State Park
Oswald West State Park is located 10 miles south of Cannon Beach. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach.

Sauvie Island
Sauvie Island is located approximately 10 miles west-northwest of Portland. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

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Block Island
Block Island features 17 miles of pristine beaches, protected by lighthouses and spectacular bluffs, and surrounded by rolling roads and winding paths. Many of the beaches encompassing the island are isolated and nearly untouched providing breathtaking views and utmost tranquility. Dogs on a leash are allowed year round on Block Island's public beaches. Dogs are not permitted near the The Frederick J.Benson Pavillion, located at the heart of Crescent beach, where food is served. Pets are allowed on the Block Island Ferry, free of charge. The high speed ferry allows pets in the cabin in a pet carrier only; pets that are not in pet carriers must be on a leash and are required to stay on the outside decks.

Charlestown: East Beach State Beach
East Beach is a narrow, three mile long undeveloped beach that separates Ninigret Pond from the Atlantic Ocean. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 till April 1.

Middletown, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on town beaches from May 1st through September 30th, but only between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. From October 2nd through April 30th, dogs on a leash are allowed on the town beaches.

Narragansett: Roger W. Wheeler State Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 till April 1.

Narragansett: Salty Brine State Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 till April 1.

Narragansett: Scarborough State Beaches (North and South)
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 till April 1.

Newport: Easton's Beach
Located adjacent to the famous Cliff Walk, Easton's Beach is Newport's only ocean beach. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 2 till Memorial Day.

South Kingston: East Matunuck State Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 till April 1.

Westerly: Misquamicut State Beach
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach only during the off-season, from Oct. 1 till April 1.

Westerly: Napatree Point
Napatree Point is a 1.5 mile barrier of sand that starts at the Watch Hill business district in Westerly and separates the Little Narragansett Bay from the Ocean. The beach and dunes are marked off with ropes to indicate bird nesting areas. Authorities ask that these areas be avoided by people and by their pets. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach from May 1st to the day after Labor Day, between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m as well as in the off-season.
Thank you, Isaac Newman!

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Charleston: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
The dog park at James Island County Park has a large lake in which your dog can swim and play.
Thank you, Skye!

Edisto Beach, Town of
Dogs are allowed on the town beach, but must be on a leash on the sandy beach from May 1 through October 31. Otherwise, dogs must be within verbal command of owner, on a leash, or in a secure area within the town limits.

Edisto Island: Edisto Beach State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach year round. State law requires that dogs be on a leash year round.

Folly Beach
Year round leash law in effect on the beach. Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be kept on a leash at all times. From May 1st through September 30th, dogs are not allowed on the beach between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. In the off-season, from October 1 through April 30, dogs are welcome on the beach but must be on a leash and under control.

Garden City: Garden City Beach
Garden City is Horry County's southernmost beach community. It is located seven miles south of Myrtle Beach and lies partly in Horry County and partly in Georgetown County. In Garden City Beach (Horry County) dogs are not allowed on the beach between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m from May 15 to September 15. In Garden City Beach (Georgetown County) dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach at any time.

Harbor Island
Harbor Island is a small resort island located 14 miles (22 km) east of Beaufort, South Carolina. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.
Thank you, Kim!

Hilton Head Island
Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 1 through Thursday before Memorial Day and between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30. Dogs must be on leash or under positive voice control at all other times. Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement.

Hunting Island: Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island is a secluded barrier island located near Beaufort. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach and on the trails, but are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin areas, or on the pier.

Isle of Palms
Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach from 5 a.m until 9 a.m April 1st through September 14th and 4 p.m until 10 a.m September 15th through March 31st. Dog owners must have leash in hand, have their dog under voice command and must clean up excrement. At all other times, dogs must be on leash and under complete control, even in the water.

Kiawah Island
From March 16-October 31 dogs are allowed on the beach but must be on a leash at all times unless in "Dog Use Areas" located east of the Beach Club & west of Beachwalker Park. From November 1 through March 15 dogs are allowed off-leash on all areas of the beach except those designated as "Critical Habitat Areas." Dogs must be controlled by voice command and the owners must be in possession of a leash for use if requested by other beachgoers. Dogs are not allowed in sections of the beach designated as “Critical Areas.” Dogs should be leashed at all times around the island’s ponds as this is known alligator habitat. Dog Leash Law Map

Myrtle Beach
From May 1 through Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach only before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. From the day after Labor Day to April 30 each year, dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of day. At all times when dogs are allowed on the beach, they must be on a leash no longer than 7 feet, and you must pick up and properly dispose of the droppings.

Myrtle Beach Area/Murrells Inlet: Huntington Beach State Park
Huntington Beach State Park is a dog friendly park year round. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the south end of the beach. Dogs are prohibited in buildings, including Atalaya and on the north end of the beach. The north end extends from the beach access at the north parking lot to the jetty.

Myrtle Beach: Barc Parc South
Located off Mallard Lake Drive near Grand Park and The Market Common, Barc Parc South is a leash-free, 14-acre fenced play space for dogs which includes a large retention pond where dogs can swim.

Pawleys Island, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.

Seabrook Island
Seabrook Island has two beaches that welcome dogs. Located on the Eastern Shore, the North Beach has a large designated area where dogs are allowed off-leash daily before 10am and after 5pm from May 1 until October 31. During the winter months from November 1 through April 30, dogs are allowed off leash in this area the entire day. The Pelican Watch beach is a second beach area that allows dogs. Seabrook Island Dog Owners Group

Sullivan's Island
From May 1-September 30 dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m to 6 p.m., but are allowed off-leash from 5 a.m to 10 a.m. and on leash from 6 p.m to 5 a.m. From Oct. 1-April 30 dogs are allowed on the beach off-leash from 5 a.m to 12 noon and on leash from 12 noon to 5 a.m. All dogs must have a valid Sullivan’s Island permit – residents and visitors. Dog permits available at Town Hall.

Surfside Beach
Surfside Beach is a small seaside community nestled in the heart of South Carolina’s Grand Strand area. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the public beach only during the off-season, from Sept. 16 through May 14. Horses and other large animals are not allowed on the beach.

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Pets in Texas State Parks
All pets brought into Texas State Parks must be secured by a leash not exceeding six feet in length, confined in a vehicle, or confined in a suitable cage. Pets are not permitted in the water of a designated swimming area or within the land or beach area adjacent to the water of a designated swimming area.

Austin: Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park
This park has water access for dogs. Dogs are allowed off-leash in the area of the park bounded by Lake, S 1rst St, Riverside Dr and Bouldin Creek.

Corpus Christ: Cole Park
This park is located on the scenic shoreline of the Corpus Christi Bay near downtown. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Corpus Christi area: Padre Island National Seashore
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are permitted throughout the park, except for the Malaquite Visitor Center's deck and in the picnic shelter area on the beach directly in front of the Visitor Center. Dogs must be on a leash at all times in the park. Horses and pack animals are allowed only on the Gulf of Mexico beaches, except in front of the Malaquite Visitor Center and campground.

Freeport: Bryan Beach
Freeport is located about 65 miles south of Houston within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. Bryan Beach is regularly maintained by the city of Freeport for all families to enjoy. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round.

Galveston: East Beach AKA R.A. Apffel Park
East Beach is the largest beach in Texas and is located on the far eastern side of Galveston Island. Drive east on Seawall Blvd until it ends, then take a right on Boddeker Road and follow it to the end (less than a mile) you will be at East Beach Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Galveston: Galveston Island State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach, but are not allowed in designated swimming areas or in any Texas State Park building.

Galveston: Stewart Beach
Stewart Beach is located at 6th Street and Seawall Boulevard. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Port Aransas: Mustang Island State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach, but are not allowed in designated swimming areas or in any Texas State Park building.

South Padre Island, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beaches within the town of South Padre Island.

Surfside Beach, Town of
Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach year round. Horses are not allowed on the beach from May 15 through Sept. 15. They are allowed on the weekdays from April 1 through May 15 and Sept. 15 through Oct. 31. They are then allowed every day on the beach from Nov. 1 through Mar. 31.

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Barnard: Silver Lake State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the undeveloped area of the beach, but are not permitted on the sand beach or in the swimming area.

Salisbury: Branbury State Park
Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the undeveloped area of the beach, but are not permitted on the sand beach or in the swimming area.

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Pets in Virginia State Parks
Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks. State regulations prohibit pets on public beaches and in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.), and pets must be confined or kept on a leash no longer than six feet and kept under supervision while in the park.

Norfolk: Willoughby Spit
Willoughby Spit is located in the Ocean View community of Norfolk Virginia. From the day after Labor Day to the Saturday before Memorial Day each year, dogs on a leash are allowed on public beaches before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. No dogs or domestic animals shall be permitted upon public beaches during the period of the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day of each year, between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm daily.

Virginia Beach: False Cape State Park
Nestled between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, False Cape State Park is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast. The park is accessible only by foot, bicycle, beach transport, tram or boat. There is no public vehicular access. Tram transportation is available April 1 through Oct. 31 through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Between Nov. 1 and March 31, access to the park is restricted to hiking or biking along the beach, by boat or by the park's beach transporter. While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they generally are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, so be sure to call False Cape SP, (757) 426-7128, to verify access.

Virginia Beach: First Landing State Park
The park has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the beach. Please be sure to bring documentary evidence of rabies vaccination (required in Virginia Beach).

Virginia Beach, City of: Public Beaches
During the "season," which is defined as the time period from 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before Memorial Day through 6:00 p.m. Labor Day of each year, NO pets are allowed on the public beaches, the boardwalk or the grassy area west of the boardwalk between Rudee Inlet and 42nd Street. From the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend dogs on a leash are allowed on the north end of Virginia Beach above 42nd Street and the south end of Virginia Beach in the Sandbridge area before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash. From the day after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk and may be off-leash on the beach.

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Pets in Washington State Parks
Pets are allowed in most state parks, but must be under physical control at all times on a leash no longer than eight feet long. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches. Find a Washington State Park

Bainbridge Island: Fay Bainbridge State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Bellingham: Bloedel Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98226
Bloedel Donovan Park is located in the Silver Beach Neighborhood.The beach is designated an off-leash park, but from May 15 to Sept. 15 only during designated hours, from 6am-10am.

Blaine: Birch Bay State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Copalis Beach: Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Des Moines: Saltwater State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Edmonds: Marina Beach Off-Leash Dog Area
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Located south of Marina Beach at 498 Admiral Way. the Marina Beach Off-Leash Dog Area is one of the few off-leash dog areas that provides access to a beach on Puget Sound where dogs can swim and play in the water.

Everett: Howarth Park
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the beach area north of the railroad pass.

Federal Way: Dash Point State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Grayland: Grayland Beach State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Ilwaco: Cape Disappointment State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Long Beach Peninsula
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed in State Parks: Cape Disappointment, Fort Columbia, Loomis Lake, Pacific Pines, Leadbetter Point. There is an 8-foot leash law in Pacific County and also within Long Beach City limits. Leash laws are not typically enforced on the beach, provided dogs are controlled and well-behaved.

Lopez Island: Spencer Spit State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Mercer Island, City of: Luther Burbank Park
Luther Burbank Park offers a off-leash dog area at the north end of the park. There is access to the water for dogs who like to swim.

Ocean Park: Pacific Pines State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Ocean Shores: Damon Point State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Ocean Shores: Ocean City State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Olympic National Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the following beaches: all Kalaloch Beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach) and Rialto Beach, 0.8 mile north to Ellen Creek only (day use only).

Pacific Beach: Pacific Beach State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Port Angeles: Kalaloch Area Beaches, Olympic National Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are only allowed on Rialto Beach one-half mile north to Ellen Creek, all Kalaloch beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach), and Peabody Creek Trail. Pets are not allowed on park trails or any other beaches.

Port Townsend: North Beach Park
North Beach Park has access to the shoreline of Juan de Fuca Strait and Fort Worden State Park. Dogs on a leash are allowed on the beach.

Redmond: Marymoor Park Dog Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA 98052
Covering 40 acres, Marymoor Dog Park includes fields, woods and a river, with well maintained access beaches, paths, walkways and bridges. Five river access points are available for dogs that like to swim and water retrieve.

San Juan Island National Historical Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on all park trails and on ocean beaches in the park, but are not allowed in the park's public buildings.

San Juan Island: Jackson's Beach
Jackson's Beach is the closet beach to downtown Friday Harbor. Dogs are allowed on the beach and in the water.

Seattle: Warren G. Magnuson Park
Dogs are allowed off-leash in Seattle's biggest fully-fenced back yard for canines at the park. This off-leash area is the only one inside city limits with water access (Lake Washington’s freshwater shoreline).

Westport: Westport Light State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Whidbey Island: Double Bluff Beach
OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Dogs allowed off-leash in an area west of the developed area. Dogs must be leashed as they cross an area close to the parking lot.

Whidbey Island: Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
Dogs on a leash are welcome in the Reserve's beaches, trails and most public parks. There is an off-leash dog park located in the Reserve.

Whidbey Island: Fort Ebey State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Whidbey Island: Joseph Whidbey State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

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Pets in Wisconsin State Parks
Pets are not allowed on beaches in Wisconsin State Parks, except the designated "dogs allowed" beaches.

Belgium: Harrington Beach State Park
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches, but there is a designated pet swim area at south beach. Pets must be leashed on south beach when not swimming. There is also a designated scenic pet picnic area near south beach.

Dodgeville: Governor Dodge State Park
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches, but there is a pet swim area next to each swimming beach. There are also designated pet picnic areas close to each beach where pets are permitted. Dogs must be on leash unless they are in the water.

Eagle: Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit
There are special pet swim areas at Ottawa Lake, on the left side of the boat launch, and at the Oak Hollow pet swim area at the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area. Dogs must be on a leash unless they are in the water.

Sheboygan, Lake Michigan: Kohler-Andrae State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed only on one designated dog beach north of the park nature center. Pets are not allowed on the bathing beaches, picnic areas, playgrounds, buildings, or nature trails.

Sherwood: High Cliff State Park
High Cliff State Park has two pet picnic areas -- one is in the lower park, near the park office, with a swimming area in the pond, the other is near the pavilion.

Stoughton: Lake Kegonsa State Park
Dogs are not allowed at the beach, but there is a pet beach (swim) area. Pets must be on leash unless they are in the water. Normally the beach has a pier to teach pets to jump into the water, but the pier is out when water levels are high.

Stoughton: Viking Park Dog Exercise Area, 2525 County Hwy B, Stoughton, WI 53589
The Yahara River winds through Viking Park, separating the park from the surrounding countryside. Viking Park offers a small picnic shelter, a nature trail, and a dog exercise that includes a dock with water access.

Sturgeon Bay, Lake Michigan: Whitefish Dunes State Park
Dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are restricted to the area of the beach about a 0.75-mile walk from the parking lot. To reach this area, walk your pet from the parking area down the Red trail and then onto the beach. Pets are not permitted on the section of beach from the nature center to the third beach access from April 1st to November 1st.

Two Rivers, Lake Michigan: Point Beach State Forest
Point Beach provides an area south of the lighthouse where dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet are allowed on the beach. There is a dog path near the park office parking lot which leads down to the beach.

Waunakee, Lake Mendota: Governor Nelson State Park
Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but there is a pet swim area located off the Morningside Trail. Pets must be on leash no longer than 8 feet unless they are in the water. Normally the beach has a pier to teach pets to jump into the water. Pets are allowed in all areas of the park except buildings, picnic areas, beach areas, and areas posted as pet free.

Dog Beaches of the Eastern Seaboard
This excellent resource is a compilation of all the places from Maine to Florida where dogs are allowed on the beach for at least some part of the year.

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