Off-leash dog beaches in the U.S.

I don’t know about you, but my dog is part of my family. She sits on the couch with us (on us mostly), she sleeps with us, we go hiking, get the mail, and sometimes even go grocery shopping together! We don’t have kids yet, so she’s basically our baby.  See, such a happy family portrait (back when I had short hair and an iPhone 4 camera)!

Her name is Sookie by the way, and she has an Instagram: @sookiecookie913 (shameful plug, I know). But I digress…what this is all leading up to is a list of beaches that you can bring your four-legged family member to. I did all the digging for you…and trust me, there was A LOT of digging…but you’ll find a list of beaches, sorted by state, that will allow you to let your furry friends run free and doggy paddle in the surf until their heart’s content! There are thousands of dog-friendly beaches, but for the purpose of this post, I’m only listing off-leash beaches. DISCLAIMER: Not all beaches are open year round, and some only allow off-leash playtime during certain hours. It’s kind of a given, but your dog must be well mannered and obedient to voice controls. So without further ado:


Lake Wilson Park – Fayetteville


Albany Bulb – Albany

Mad River County Park – Arcata

Olde Port Beach – Avila Beach

Fisherman’s Beach – Avila Beach

First Street Beach – Benicia

Tilden Regional Park – Berkeley

Dillon Beach – Bodega Bay

Carmel City Beach – Carmel-by-the-Sea

Coronado Dog Beach – Coronado

Centerville Beach County Park – Ferndale

Lost Coast Headlands – Ferndale

Noyo Beach Dog Area – Fort Bragg

Seaside Beach – Fort Bragg

Huntington Dog Beach – Huntington Beach

Humboldt Bay South Spit – Loleta

Mike Thompson Wildlife Area – Loleta

Rosie’s Dog Beach – Long Beach

Clam Beach County Park – McKinleyville

Muir Beach – Mill Valley

Toro Creek Dog Beack – Morro Bay

Esplanade Dog Beach – Pacifica

Point Isabel Regional Shoreline – Richmond

Samoa Dunes Recreational Area – Samoa

Fiesta Island – San Diego

Ocean Beach Dog Beach – San Diego

Golden Gate National Recreational Area – San Francisco

Rodeo Beach – San Francisco

Baker Beach – San Francisco

Crissy Field – San Francisco

Fort Funston/Burton Beach – San Francisco

Land’s End – San Francisco

Ocean Beach – San Francisco

John McLaren Park – San Francisco

Arroyo Burro County Beach – Santa Barbara

Shoreline Park – Santa Barbara

Mitchell’s Cove Beach – Santa Cruz

Regan Beach – South Lake Tahoe

Summerland Beach – Summerland

Big Lagoon County Park – Trinidad

Luffenholtz Beach and County Park – Trinidad

Moonstone Beach – Trinidad

Houda Point Beach – Trinidad


Union Reservoir – Longmont


Jennings Beach – Fairfield

Compo Beach – Westport


Dewey Beach – Dewey Beach


Belleair Beach Causeway Dog Beach – Belleair Bluffs

Bark Park Dog Beach – Boca Raton

Lee County Off-leash Dog Beach – Fort Meyers Beach

Dog Beach of Hollywood – Hollywood

Anne’s Beach – Islamorada

Walton Rocks Beach – Jensen Beach

Juno Beach – Jupiter

Bayview Dog Park and Beach – Pensacola

Davis Islands Dog Beach – Tampa

Picnic Island Park – Tampa

Fort De Soto Park Paw Playground and Dog Beach – Tierra Verde

Paw Park – Venice

Lake Baldwin Park – Winter Park


Belmont Harbor Beach – Chicago

Montrose Beach – Chicago

Moraine Park Dog Beach – Highland Park

Gillson Park Dog Beach – Wilmette

Centennial Park Dog Beach – Winnetka


Fox Island County Park – Fort Wayne


Crescent Beach – Kittery

Seapoint Beach – Kittery

East End Beach – Portland

Hendricks Head Beach – Southport

Thomas Knight Park – South Portland

Willard Beach – South Portland

Long Sands Beach – York

Short Sands Beach – York

Harbor Beach – York


Sandy Point State Park – Annapolis

Assateague State Park – Assateague Island

Greenbrier State Park – Boonsboro

Deep Creek Lake State Park – Deep Creek Lake

North Point State Park – Edgemere

New Germany State Park – Grantsville

Gunpowder Falls State Park, Hammerman Area – Middle River

Elk Neck State Park – North East

Herrington Manor State Park – Oakland

Downs Park Dog Beach – Pasadena

Matapeake Park Dog Beach – Stevensville


Provincetown Dog Beach – Provencetown


Tawas Point State Park Dog Beach – East Tawas

Loomis Street Boat Ramp – Ludington

Norman F. Krause Park Dog Beach – Muskegon

Mission Point Lighthouse and Park – Traverse City

Kirk Park Dog Beach – West Olive


Minnehaha Off-leach Dog Park – Minneapolis


Canine Beach at Bozeman Ponds – Bozeman

New Jersey

Asbury Park Dog Beach – Asbury Park

Wildwood Dog Beach – Wildwood

New York

Prospect Park Dog Beach – Brooklyn

Mud Creek Dog Park – East Patchogue

Lake George Dog Beach – Lake George Village

Port Jefferson Dog Beach – Port Jefferson

North Carolina

Bald Head Island Beaches – Bald Head Island

Freeman Park – Carolina Beach

Duck Beach – Duck

Oak Island Beach – Oak Island


Deer Creek State Park – Mt. Sterling


Cannon Beach – Cannon Beach

Lincoln City Beach – Lincoln City

Sandy River Delta Trailhead – Troutdale

South Carolina

Isle of Palms Beach – Isle of Palms

Sullivan’s Island Beaches – Sullivan’s Island


Auditorium and Vic Mathias Shores – Austin

Red Bud Isle – Austin


Glencarlyn Dog Park – Arlington

Chris Greene Lake Park – Charlottesville

Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach


Bloedel Donovan Park – Bellingham

Ebey’s Landing National Historical reserve – Coupeville

Marina Beach – Edmonds

Howarth Park – Everett

Double Bluff Beach – Freeland

Luther Burbank Park – Mercer Island

Taurus Beach – Ocean Shores

Marymoor Park Dog Park – Redmond

Warren G. Magnuson Park – Seattle

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park – Shoreline

Chambers Creek Regional Park – Tacoma

Westport Beach – Westport


Phew! Done! Did I miss any? Let me know if you’ve discovered an off-leash dog beach not listed here.

Much Love,

Heather ~ The Bargain Bin Traveler



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