Dog Off-Leash Parks

Dog Off-Leash Park

OPEN WITH PRECAUTIONS: Help keep your dog parks safe places during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow these steps to stay safe and help us keep the dog parks open!

  • Don't touch entry gate, bag stations, trashcans, or other surfaces with your bare hands. Use gloves or cover your hand with a dog waste bag first. 

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6-feet between people, don't gather in groups, and don't pet other dogs.

  • After leaving the dog park, use hand sanitizer. Wash your hands when you get home.

More information: Public Health Madison & Dane County 

DOG EXERCISE AREAS

  • REQUIRED A Dog Park Permit (daily or annual) is required
    • An annual permit may be purchased ONLINE or by calling (608)266-4711. It is valid for one calendar year and available after December 1 for the following year.
    • TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19: A daily permit may be purchased from the kiosk at any of the 8 off-leash dog parks.
  • REQUIRED A dog license is required for ALL visiting dogs. City of Madison residents may purchase through the City Treasurer's Office.
    • Dogs visiting from other areas are always welcome with proper license and/or vaccinations from your town/municipality. Be prepared to show proof if asked by a Park Ranger.
    • A dog license is ONLY available after a rabies vaccination is administered by a veterinarian within 30 days after the dog reaches 4 months of age. Dogs under 5 months of age or without proper vaccinations, are therefore not licensed and are PROHIBITED.
  • REQUIRED Dogs must remain on-leash to/from your vehicle to the inside of the dog park area.
  • PROHIBITED AREAS Dogs are not allowed in any Dog Free Park, playgrounds, designated beaches, athletic fields, conservation parks, golf courses (in season) or in any park building. During the winter dogs are not permitted on groomed cross-country ski trails. LEARN MORE
WARNER PARK LAGOON Unlike the water at public beaches, the water in the lagoon at Warner Park is not tested by Public Health Madison & Dane County. Always check conditions before letting your dog in the water. LEARN MORE
 
PERMIT FREE DAY Madison Parks in partnership with Dane County Parks annually offer one "free day" per year when no permit is required. This is typically in June and posted at least one month in advance.
On July 13, 2016 the Board of Park Commissioners approved the Policy and Guidelines for Off-Leash Dog Park Service Area Standards within the Madison Park System with Attachment A. The Policy is intended to guide the Parks Division in planning new off-leash dog park (exercise) areas and to set standards for responding to requests for the creation of off-leash dog park (exercise) areas in the Madison Parks system. 

  • Brittingham Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Brittingham Park
    Location: 326 S. Broom St.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • Demetral Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Demetral Park
    Location: 2297 Commercial Ave.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • McCormick Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: McCormick Park
    Location: 702 N. McCormick Ave.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • Odana School Park

    Park: Odana School Park
    Location: 678 S. Segoe Rd.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: No
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No

    Notes: Off-leash dog exercise area near Segoe and Whitney Way.
  • Quann Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Quann Park
    Location: 1802 Quann-Olin Pkwy.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: Yes
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • Sycamore Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Sycamore Park
    Location: 4517 Sycamore Ave.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: Yes
  • Walnut Grove Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Walnut Grove Park
    Location: 202 N. Westfield Rd.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No
  • Warner Park - Dog Off-Leash Park

    Park: Warner Park
    Location: 2301 Sheridan Dr.
    Bag Dispenser: Yes
    Benches: Yes
    Fountain: No
    Fencing: Yes
    Shelter: No

    Notes: The water in the lagoon is not tested by Public Health Madison & Dane County. Always check conditions before letting your dog in the water. More info: http://www.publichealthmdc.com/environmental-health/beaches-lakes-pools/healthy-safe-swimming