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Jacobs Island Bark Park

The Jacobs Island Bark Park, 6 acres at the east end of Jacobs Island Park, has been fenced on three sides and double-gated to provide a secure place for owners and their dogs to romp, get the exercise they need, and have fun off-leash. The park is bordered by the Clark Fork River and the riverbank is not fenced. Pet owners can ensure the success of the Bark Park by following a few simple rules: 1. Owners must clean up after their pets immediately. 2. No aggressive dogs allowed. 3. Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated. Visit Website

Or call (406) 721-7275 or email parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Jacobs Island Bark Park has received a rating of 3.8 out of 5 bones by 9 canine critics on BringFido.

  • 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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