Where to Take Your Dog Swimming – Dog Parks

houston1Dedicated off-leash dog parks are specific areas where the primary use is to allow dog owners to have their dogs off leash. Most of these dog parks and dog exercise areas are fully enclosed and provide the basics — water fountains, doggie waste stations, and benches. Some dog parks offer separate areas for large and small dogs.  It’s rare, however, to find a dog park that provides amenities such as a doggie swimming area.

We’ve found the best dog parks in the US for dogs to swim and play in the water.  The following dog parks offer dog swim areas:

TEXAS
Houston, TX
Millie Bush Dog Park
George Bush Park
16756 Westheimer Parkway
Houston, Texas 77082
The “premiere” dog park in Houston, Millie Bush Dog Park spans over eight acres and is fenced in with both a large and small dog park area. Double gated & fenced, pick up bags, large and small dog areas (with large and small fire hydrants in them!), doggie swimming ponds, water fountains, doggie showers, shade areas, benches, scattered trees, walking path, parking lot. Picnic benches outside park. Restrooms close by but not in the dog park. Open 7 days a week dawn to dusk.

Millie Bush Dog Park Houston, TX

Millie Bush Dog Park Houston, TX

Additional dog parks in Houston with swim areas:  Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park (West Houston) – 20 plus acres with doggie swimming ponds; Danny Jackson Bark Park (Inner Loop) – Large and small dog separate areas each with a pond; Gene Green Beltway 8 Park Dog Park (North East) – Swimming pond for large dogs and splash pad for small dogs.

Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park, West Houston, TX

Congressman Bill Archer Bark Park, West Houston, TX

Dallas, TX
NorthBark Dog Park
4899 Gramercy Oaks Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75287
Located in north Dallas, this six-acre fenced-in dog park has 3 separate areas that include plenty of open space and shaded areas. There’s a huge area for larger dogs, and a separate, oversized play zone for smaller dogs. Each has water fountains for dogs and humans. The third, largest portion of the property is shared by big and small dogs and features a man-made lake. It slopes in gently so dogs can play around in the shallower areas, or dive into the middle and swim. The park also has a walking trail, a dedicated parking lot and restrooms, and picnic tables under a pavilion that sits on a flagstone observation deck.

NorthBark Dog Park, Dallas, TX

NorthBark Dog Park, Dallas, TX

ARIZONA
Gilbert, AZ
Cosmo Dog Park
2502 E Ray Rd.
Gilbert, Arizona 85296
Named for the first K9 member of the Gilbert Police Force, Cosmo Dog Park is not only unique for a dog park in that its entire 17 acres is centered around dogs, rather than being just one piece of a community park.  But, it’s also one of the few parks in the nation that offers a dog beach.  There’s a huge body of water in the middle of the park for dogs to wade and swim in, and features a dock that dogs can leap from into the water. Amenities include: approximately 4 fenced acres, area lighting for night use, 2 dog wash stations, drinking fountains for dogs and humans, restroom, ADA accessible.

Cosmo Dog Park, Gilbert, AZ

Cosmo Dog Park, Gilbert, AZ

OHIO
Stow, OH
Bow Wow Beach Dog Park
Silver Springs Park
5015 Stow Rd.
Stow, Ohio 44224
Owned and operated by the City of Stow, Bow Wow Beach Dog Park is a 7½ acre fenced in, double-gated entry, off-leash dog park. The park features a 3-acre lake with sandy beach and grassy knolls, two separate swimming areas for large and small dogs, waste deposit stations, dog washing stations, picnic benches and restrooms, dock diving and agility. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except when beach maintenance occurs Thursday mornings–park opens at 11 a.m.)

Bow Wow Beach Dog Park, Stow, OH. By: Bonnie Sweebe

Bow Wow Beach Dog Park, Stow, OH. By: Bonnie Sweebe

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City, OK
Paw OK Dog Park
Lake Hefner Park
3303 NW Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116
Located on approximately two acres  in northwest Oklahoma City, Paw OK Dog Park features separated enclosures for large and small dogs, water stations, benches, trees, a pond, and even a bright red fire hydrant. 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.

Paw OK Dog Park, Oklahoma City, OK

Paw OK Dog Park, Oklahoma City, OK

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Bark Park at Snyder Park
3299 S.W. 4th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
Located within Snyder Park, Bark Park offers two fenced acres with agility courses, a separate small dog area, drinking water, and benches. 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 the first Tuesday and Wednesday of each month for water treatment, and on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Bark Park at Snyder Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bark Park at Snyder Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL

ILLINOIS
Batavia, IL
Bark Park at West Main Community Park
40W101 W Main St.
Batavia, IL 60510
Bark Park is a three-acre fenced area located at the southwest corner of West Main Community Park. It features hiking trails with no fencing, and a fenced in area with a main entrance. There is a doggie beach and a large pond where dogs are allowed to swim. All areas of the park offer shade. No permit is required to enter the Bark Park, which is open from April 1 through the first measurable snow fall.

Bark Park at West Community Park, Batavia, IL

Bark Park at West Community Park, Batavia, IL

UTAH
Park City, UT
Willow Creek Park Dog Park
4460 Split Rail Lane
Park City, Utah 84060
Located in the southern portion of Willow Creek Park, the dog park encompasses 2.4 fenced-in acres, and includes a pond with a floating dock for a dog launch and a beach-like entry on the east side of the pond for easy access.  The pond is used as part of the dog park in the summer months and for ice skating during the winter months. Dog park amenities include a walking path, trees, pavilions for shade, and a fetch and agility area. Park hours are dawn to dusk.

Willow Creek Dog Park, Park City, UT

Willow Creek Dog Park, Park City, UT

MASSACHUSETTS
Dennis, MA
Fresh Pond Dog Park
On Rte. 134 South, between traffic lights at Upper County Rd. and the traffic lights at Rte. 28
Dennis, Massachusetts 02660
Located within the town’s 87-acre Fresh Pond Conservation Area, the dog park features two fenced enclosures, a fresh water swimming area for dogs, and a walking trail through the woods. In the summer, dogs can swim and play in the water without disturbing beach-goers.

Fresh Pond Dog Park, Dennis, MA

Fresh Pond Dog Park, Dennis, MA

WASHINGTON
Mercer Island, WA
Luther Burbank Off-Leash Area
Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
The Luther Burbank Park OLA is a 1.25 acre fully fenced area at the north end of the park with 3 access points to Lake Washington. Amenities include a separate area for small dogs, and a doggie hose down area.  This space, bordered on one end by shoreline is a great place to let the dogs run, play, and swim. It is a short walk from the north parking lot.

Luther Burbank Off-Leash Dog Area, Mercer Island, WA

Luther Burbank Off-Leash Dog Area, Mercer Island, WA

 

 

 

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