Picture of Prairie Wolf Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Lake Forest, IL. Photo by @ashleymalashe.
This dog park is amazing! The happiest I have seen my city pup. Totally worth the money and 20 min drive from Chicago.
Coco fetches two tennis balls from the pond
Wood trails
Our first visit.
Picture of Prairie Wolf Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Lake Forest, IL. Photo by @ashleymalashe.
This dog park is amazing! The happiest I have seen my city pup. Totally worth the money and 20 min drive from Chicago.


This is a 44-acre, off-leash area that's fully fenced and includes a pond. There are always lots of dogs here to play with as well.


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Prairie Wolf Dog Park has received a rating of 4.7 out of 5 bones by 9 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Close to perfect

    44 fenced acres with two small fenced training areas (a very nice feature for those adding "distractions" to training). There a a packed gravel road leading to the lake, which as noted before, is separated by a fence if you don't want your dog to swim. Note that the lake area is NOT fenced, so you should have a pretty solid recall if you have a real swimmer. We visited on a cold day after a heavy rain so mud was expected and we (rather I -- my dog and her new friends did!) didn't explore the various field areas -- both mowed and natural. There is NO separate small dog area - this is the great outdoors for dogs. General caution for all non-separated dog parks, that some dogs may consider small, especially light colored dogs, prey before catching the scent.

    There were only a half dozen or so dogs the day we were there -- driving by it over the years, there are ALWAYS cars, no matter the weather. Overcrowding may be an issue in nice weather, even on 44 acres, if you have a sensitive, non-rowdy, or smaller dog.

    Bring a towel, a change of shoes and something to put muddy shoes in, and in summer, mosquito repellant and sunscreen! There is a hose to wash off with and bathrooms. No shade other than from the trees, etc.

    Park police were present (two separate cars) in the parking lot the whole time we were there. There is a permit machine for daily passes good at all four Lake County dog parks ($10 for LC residents, $20 for non-residents) -- you can park hop! Annual permits are available online.

    For a tamer, leashed experience, the Praire Wolf Slough is right around the corner on Rt. 22 east of Bannockburn Green Shopping Center - "features a 20-acre wetland, wet prairie and adjacent oak woodlands, a 1.75-mile trail for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing, and a 1-mile self-guided nature trail."

  • More than one year ago.
    My Dog loves it

    Great to walk with your dog off leash. If you don't want to get your dog in the water it's gated, but if you want lift the gate and go in. End of the fun, your dog is muddy, no problem, hose him down at the front gate. Oh yes bring a towel!

  • More than one year ago.
    If this park was in San Diego I'd buy a house right next to it

    If this park was in San Diego I'd buy a house right next to it. Good people, fun dogs, muddy boots...

  • More than one year ago.
    So Great for Dogs

    It is so great for a dog to be able to run off leach. (However, PLEASE leach your dog if it is nor social! You will run into this.) Wear icky shoes bc if it has rained there will be mud in the trails. Dogs get dirty and tired! Fabulous!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great dog park but

    Too crowded and the park is full of white trash and untrained dogs. I would skip it.

  • More than one year ago.
    best park I've ever been to

    Huge park with woods, meadows, and ponds. Big enough for your dog to think it's in the wild, but the fence will ensure that doesn't actually happen. Technically it requires a permit that you must pay for, but no one bothered us for not having one. Even if they did, it'd be worth the $4 per dog

  • More than one year ago.
    I miss this Doggy Heaven

    I recently moved closer to my family in North Carolina, but i was raised in Libertyville, and had taken my dog to this place every week for three years. There is really no place i miss more than being able to take my dog swimming and running in a safe area. You would think North Carolina would have something nicer, as there is much more wilderness areas, however that is not true. The best dog parks here are one acre fenced with a seperate area for small and large dogs, so thats less than an acre for each. Thats smaller than pond area of this park. I am seriously considering moving back up just because no one else seems to be able to provide a decent place to excersize my dog like Prairie Wolf Dog Park can. This is honestly the best ive come across, and ive searched the entire state of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

  • More than one year ago.
    wagging tails!

    This place is amazing! The happiest I have seen my city pup. Worth the drive from the city and the money!

  • More than one year ago.
    Worth the price

    I drive 45 minutes each way to take my pups to this dog park which I feel is the best I have found. It's fully fenced, has a variety of areas from open fields to high grasses to wooded areas for the dogs to explore. The vast (by dog park standards) acreage means less problems with aggression. The pond is icing on the cake. Can be muddy. Also small dogs have wiggled under some of the fences (that would be one of mine :p.) Also for the escape artists the pond isn't fenced in and yes she has swum out of the park. That said - it is dog narvana and ensures a good nap at the end of a fun day.

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