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Jacobs Island Bark Park

Jacobs Island Bark Park in Missoula, MT is a 6-acre area where Fido can socialize and exercise. Located at the east end of Jacobs Island Park, which is accessible via the Riverfront Trail, this area has been fenced on three sides and double-gated to provide a secure place for owners and their dogs to romp. The park is bordered by the Clark Fork River and the riverbank is not fenced. Visit Website

Or call (406) 552-6000 or email parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Jacobs Island Bark Park has received a rating of 3.4 out of 5 bones by 12 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Alexxis
    Aug 25, 2023
    cannot get through the school to access this

    cannot get through the school to access this. Apple Maps and google maps could not find an alternate route

  • Priscilla
    Jul 15, 2023
    Not fenced and creek is a hazard

    It is a nice dog park with plenty of space to swim however the river gets really deep and can flow really fast. There is no fence past the entrance and there are mini trails leading to the river that a dog could easily get lost in. There is a little trail near the back of the park which has more places to swim but the trail there can have snakes so just beware. The way to get into the park can be kind of confusing but you have to park in a small parking lot and then walk across the bridge. There are three ways to go and if you turn right that leads to the dog park.

  • Julie
    Jun 22, 2023
    Nice location and…

    This park is located in a nice location with an option of double gate or single gate openings. My concerns were that the park has a fast flowing river next to it without a fence on that side. the field space was totally open and it was super easy for me to lose track of my pup and not be able to call her back to me. My pup greatly appreciated the very large open space,I didn’t as much.

  • Suzanne
    Jun 15, 2021

    Jacob's Island dog park is NOT fenced in at all and dogs have complete access to a fast-flowing river that my dog died in. I have also heard that just before my dog died, falling through ice, playing with another dog, another dog was attacked and killed at this dog park. This dog park IS NOT safe whatsoever and you are dealing with a lot of homeless, drug addicts living in and around that riverfront. I DO NOT recommend this dog park. Go to Fort Missoula Dog Park where you have 2 huge all-fenced-in dog parks. I wish I had known this dog park existed before my dog was killed innocently playing with another. Please. Do not go to Jacob's Island Dog Park

  • Marisa
    Sep 4, 2020
    Great Location

    we loved this park, it’s fenced in down to the water and there’s plenty of space. The dogs can swim in the river. one of the best dog parks we’ve been to

  • Darby
    More than a year ago
    Dog paradise

    Lots of fun trails and water for the dogs to frolick in! Only problem is the river adjacent to the park has a super swift current-- not safe for poor swimmers. Otherwise our pup had a fun time!

  • Susan
    More than a year ago
    Doggy disney

    My daughter and I took our mutt maybel and we had a great time. All of the dog were friendly and under control. Our dog is a rescue so we kept her on a long leash but had no problems. Our pup had so much fun running through the creeks, taking a dip in the river and following the many trails. We loved this park and will be back. It is a great off leash park, our rescue dog is not ready to be off leash but she had fun anyway! We did too.

  • Kristen
    More than a year ago
    Not Safe, Overcrowded

    Jacob's Island dog park is beautiful, no doubt about it. But it's not actually fenced - two sides of it are open, one bordering a very steep irrigation ditch and one bordering the Clark Fork River (the fence also only goes to the tree line, so the beach is completely unfenced). My dog has multiple times gotten in to swim and floated too far down, outside of the park. Combine that with the fact that the Clark Fork's current is way too strong for most dogs except in high summer, and the city animal control tickets first and asks questions later, I never take my dog there. Plus, there are nearly 35,000 dogs in Missoula and 1 off leash park. You do the math on the overcrowding there.

  • Diane
    More than a year ago
    Great dog park

    I am so glad I found out about this dog park. It was a little hard to find especially since I'm from out of town. It would have been better if there had been an area for small dogs to get away from the bigger dogs but otherwise it is a great place to take a dog for a good off leash romp and a chance for interacting with other dogs. My dog especially liked being able to get to the river to play in the water. I sure wish more towns had dog parks like this one.

  • Siobhan
    More than a year ago
    Great place !

    totally agree with Teresa, I loved the differents swimming spot, the sandy trails in the bush, very easy access from the chamber of commerce

  • Teresa
    More than a year ago
    Perfect spot for the adventure dog.

    We drove from Great Falls for the day, and our dog had been in the car for the ride. Finding the park was necessary to get her out and run around. It was really difficult for my husband to find without previous knowledge of the area. The island has two entrances - one behind the Chamber of Commerce, the other behind the University's recreational fields. The latter one has parking. It was a good little stop for our dog, and we will use it again, for sure. While it doesn't have anything fancy as far as play structures, it has a small creek in the back that the dogs can run through without worry of being rushed off in the river. And, it was busy enough that our dog had others to play with. Overall a good time for our pup, and we will be back.

    **The fence does not go all the way down to the river, and a smart dog will get out if left to let her figure that out. We were followed out of the park by a clever boxer who clearly had this secret figured out.

  • Kim
    More than a year ago
    Dog Nirvana

    This is a great park. Lots of room to run, trees, some woodsy areas, even a box of sticks by the door. It has clean access to a stream/river. It is a bit hard to find for an out of towner, but all in all, a lovely park.

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