Bringing Your Dog to Three Rivers

A beagle and a golden retriever stand next to each other on pavement.

We recognize that dogs are an important part of a lot of our visitors' lives. Because of this, we’ve made some changes to our dog policy to make it easier to enjoy the outdoors with your four-legged friend.

Where Dogs Can Go

Dogs on leashes are welcome in the following areas:

  • turf trails (new)
  • paved trails
  • regional trails
  • picnic areas (new)
  • campgrounds
  • group camps

Dogs off leashes are welcome in the designated off-leash areas.

Where Dogs Can't Go

With the exception of service dogs, dogs are not allowed in the following locations: 

  • buildings
  • beaches & swim ponds
  • play areas
  • archery ranges
  • golf courses
  • disc golf courses
  • nature exploration areas
  • near raptor aviaries
  • winter downhill areas
  • cross-country ski trails
  • singletrack trails
  • Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement
  • Gale Woods Farm
  • Kingswood Park
  • Noerenberg Gardens

Dog Etiquette

We strive to offer opportunities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors, and we cannot do this without your help.

Please always make sure your dog is:

  • kept on a six-foot, non-retractable leash (unless in a designated off-leash area) 
  • picked up after (with poop bags thrown away appropriately)
  • under your control

This helps keep the parks and trails clean, protects sensitive natural areas, keeps your dog safe from harmful plants and wildlife, and helps other park users feel more comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, please review some frequently asked questions.

Enjoy the parks while helping guests with information and basic first-aid care. Training is offered in the fall and spring.

Related Blog Posts

March 11, 2019

Three Rivers Park District offers ample opportunities for your dog to explore the parks. Learn some etiquette and safety tips to help ensure your visit is safe and full of tongue-hanging fun.

June 07, 2019

Following basic trail etiquette is key to ensuring that all trail users have a positive and enjoyable experience. Learn more about etiquette on horse trails and visit Crow-Hassan Park Reserve this Saturday for the chance to meet a horse up close!