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Dog Friendly Trails, Parks, Beaches - Oh My!

If you and your dog are feeling a bit antsy with nowhere to go, you're not alone. Good Hound Company has come up with a list of 20 dog friendly hiking trails, parks, beaches, etc. in Milwaukee County and surrounding areas to enjoy.

In general, well-behaved, socialized dogs are welcome in Milwaukee County Parks, except for areas where "NoDogs Allowed" signs are posted (service dogs are exempt from this regulation). These areas include: Beaches including Bender, Bradford, Grant, McKinley, South Shore, and Tietjen (Doctors). Dogs are also not permitted in nature areas like Schlitz Audubon or Retzer nature centers in favor of the other animals that are protected there.And although the locations listed below are dog friendly, many of them still require dogs to be leashed/other precautions to be taken. Always be sure to check specifics prior to making the trip.

Good Hound's Adventure Guide

  • Atwater Park, Hubbard Park, River Park:

Atwater - 4000 N Lake Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211

Hubbard - 3565 N Morris Blvd, Shorewood, WI 53211

River - 622 Green Bay Rd, Cedarburg, WI 53012

Dogs are only allowed in Atwater Park, Hubbard Park, and River Park on paved walkways, with the exception that no dog shall be allowed past the gate for the paved walkway leading down to Atwater Beach. No owner or keeper of a dog shall allow or permit such dog to enter or remain in any other areas of either Atwater Park or Hubbard Park, including, but not limited to, park buildings, shelters, playground areas, and Atwater Beach.

Dogs present in either Atwater Park, Hubbard Park, or River Park pursuant to the preceding section shall be on a maximum six-foot-long visible leash. Owners shall be in control of their dogs at all times.

  • Devils Lake - S 5975 Park Road Baraboo, WI

Devil’s Lake State Park has 3 official pet swim areas. 2 on leash and one off-leash. The off leash pet swim area is at the South Shore boat landing. There is one “Pet Friendly” picnic area located on the north shore, east of the railroad tracks. Use the map below to find these locations. Pets are permitted in most campgrounds, trails, roads, and outlying areas of the parks. Pets are not allowed in the picnic areas.

  • Fox Brook Park - 2925 N Barker Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

This beautiful Brookfield park serves as a wetlands preserve. Bring your leashed pet for a stroll on the perimeter trail (about 1 mile), and try to catch sight of some wildlife. There is a doggy swim area that is gated so they can be off leash; however, humans are not allowed to join in the water at the doggy swim area

  • Harrington Beach State Park - 531 Co Rd D, Belgium, WI 53004

The park encompasses about 702 acres, including one mile of wide, sandy beach, a scenic 25-acre quarry lake, an 80-acre white cedar lowland forest, and a 300-acre upland area affording a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and excellent birdwatching opportunities. There is a one-half mile interpretive nature trail, a hiking trail around Quarry Lake, a historical trail highlighting the history of the Stonehaven mining community once located in the park, and about two miles of cross country ski trails. Leashed dogs are allowed in a designated picnic area and at a designated beach.

  • Havenwoods State Forest - 6141 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53209

Havenwoods is an island of nature within the city of Milwaukee. Environmental education programs and walking trails are available for various types of groups. Dogs of all sizes are allowed. There are no additional pet fees. Dogs may not be left unattended at any time, and they must be leashed and cleaned up after. Dogs are not allowed at the picnic area and on some of the trails. There is a display board with a map in the parking area that shows which trails are off limits.

  • Juneau Park - 900 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Juneau Park, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. It is popular for its short distance to downtown Milwaukee, lakefront walking path, and vantage point for fireworks displays.

  • Lapham Peak - W329 N846, County Rd C, Delafield, WI 53018

Lapham Peak has over 21 miles of hiking trails, more than 17 miles of cross country ski trails, and a lookout tower at the highest point in Waukesha County. Dogs are allowed at no additional fee. Dogs may not be left unattended, and they must be leashed and cleaned up after.

  • Lions Den George - 511 High Bluff Dr, Grafton, WI 53024

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve is a 73-acre public park located in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, running adjacent to Lake Michigan for 0.7 miles near the village of Grafton and city of Port Washington.

  • Point Beach State Forest - 9400 CR B, Two Rivers, WI 54241

"The dog beach at Point Beach is fabulous! You have dog beach parking, clean up bags, a bathroom & water nearby, lots of space & clear Lake Michigan water. There have been years where this beach gets "fishy" but 90% of the time it is clean & clear." - site visitor

  • Seven Bridges Trail - South Milwaukee, WI, US, 53172

Seven Bridges Trail is pet-friendly. This popular trail is located in the Cheyenne Canyon. The trail follows the North Cheyenne Creek and is named after the bridges that cross it along the way. Your pooch can hop in the creek along the way. Leashed dogs are welcome.

  • Sheridan Park - 4800 S. Lake Drive

Sheridan Park is said to be home to one of the most beautiful, stunning and scenic sunrises in Wisconsin.

  • Stigler Nature Preserve - 17387 W Liberty Ln, New Berlin, WI, 53151

This preserve has a small trail (about 1 mile long) looping through the trees that is perfect for dogs to explore. There is a clearing of high grass about halfway through, but the remainder of the trail winds through the woods.

South Shore Park/ Beach - *dogs no longer allowed this year

Dog Parks

  • Granville Dog Park - 11718 Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53224

  • Estabrook Dog Park - Oak Leaf Trail, Milwaukee, WI 53217 (Plus hiking along the Oak Leaf Tail and a dog friendly beer garden)

  • Rover West Dog Park - 3243 N Weil St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

  • Currie Dog Park - 3535 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53222

  • Runway Dog Park - 1214 E Rawson Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154

  • Warnimont Dog Park - 6100 S Lake Dr, Cudahy, WI 53110 (This 5-acre park, behind the Kelly Senior Center in Warnimont Park, is fully fenced in and offers wooded trails and a separate small-dog area.)

  • Bay View Dog Park - S Bay St, Milwaukee, WI 53207 *temporarily closed due to renovations

  • Johnson Dog Park - 4649 Wisconsin 38 Trunk, Racine, WI, US, 53405 (This huge 28-acre off-leash dog park includes wooded areas and fields, a river, and loads of other attractions for your pet to enjoy)

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