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Dogs and their owners are welcome in DCR’s parks, and we encourage all dog owners and their dogs to be respectful of other park users and neighbors. Join us in the stewardship of our parks by being a responsible dog owner and park partner.
DCR welcomes dogs on-leash at most DCR parks, forests, and reservations. However, there are a number of locations where dogs are not allowed, mostly for public safety, public health, or habitat concerns or deed restriction purposes.
DCR allows dogs off-leash at the following properties, in the specified areas only:
(Please note: Dogs must be on-leash in all parking areas.)
Rules may vary at each of these areas. Please follow posted rules and regulations.
Service and medical support animals, when acting within their service capacity, are welcome at DCR properties, even those where pets are otherwise prohibited.
To ensure an enjoyable parks experience for all visitors, DCR requests that all dog owners observe the following rules and etiquette while recreating with dogs at DCR properties where dogs are allowed:
Visitors who do not abide by these rules may be subject to eviction from the park and/or receive a fine.
Commercial dog walkers may currently bring up to four off-leash dogs at a time to designated off-leash areas. (Similarly, they may bring up to four dogs on-leash to areas where dogs are allowed
Dog walkers will be required to complete an application and to obtain an annual commercial dog walking permit from DCR for their business.
All other DCR rules apply to commercial dog walkers, including the requirement to clean up after all dogs you bring into a DCR park.
Dogs are not allowed, mostly for public safety, public health, or habitat concerns or deed restriction purposes.