A photo of a dog riding in a bike along the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. pc: @thesassydorkie
23-acres of off-leash fun.
These dogs will need a bath after their visit to the park!
Rocky hanging out with his buddy Bentley at Pt. Isabelle.
Having lots of fun at Pt. Isabelle.
Lisa with her pup Ziva after spending two hours at Pt. Isabelle park. It was Awesome!!!
dogs having fun
Swimming
The dogs make friends and play together!
Playing a little fetch. Enjoying the view. Good times.
Enjoying a stroll at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline.
A photo of a dog riding in a bike along the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. pc: @thesassydorkie
23-acres of off-leash fun.

Description

Point Isabel Regional Shoreline boasts the largest public off-leash dog park in the US. With over 23 acres, the park is very popular with our four-legged friends, and welcomes over half a million dogs every year. The park is also popular for Fido's owner, with a variety of recreational options including bay fishing, hiking, birdwatching, biking, and jogging. Dogs may be taken off leash at Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline. Any person allowing their animal to be off leash must carry a leash (six-foot maximum), keep their dog or other animal under voice control and within sight at all times, clean up after their dog, immediately leash any dog showing aggressiveness, and prevent dogs from digging or otherwise damaging park resources. The Sit and Stay Cafe, located on-site, is a great place to get a coffee and water after your walk. If your pooch gets really messy, you can also stop by Mudpuppies for a wash or grooming before getting back in your car.

Reviews

BringFido Guest Rating

Point Isabel Regional Shoreline Dog Park has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 10 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Feb. 16, 2020
    A wonderful off leash dog park

    This place is a wonderful off leash dog park and it is really spacious. Your dog will have lots of area to roam around. Some dogs that love water even swim in the water here. My only suggestion would be to go to this place early since it gets pretty packed during mid day and it can be difficult to find parking. They have an area where you can sit down and have a bite to eat and they even have a dog grooming place. The meals are reasonable, although the dog grooming place is a little pricey. I guess you pay for the convenience. All and all, it's a great place to walk your dog!

  • Dec. 16, 2019
    Pretty Good Park

    GIGANTIC. Huge off leash area to roam around. Parking lot with small shop to have your dog bathed at after and pick up a couple supplies, and somewhere to get human food! Bathrooms available, trash cans available so you don’t have to walk too far holding poop. You can occasionally encounter not so great owners over the weekends, but if you need to go somewhere you’re sure to always run into dogs even when slightly rainy, this is it. (Bring a jacket, can be cold as it’s by the water). You can also let your dog go in the water. Beware of foxtail season, it’s real bad here, and I avoid the place altogether.

  • More than a year ago
    Well, it's near our house anyway

    My husband and I happen to live about 10 minutes away from Pt. Isabel, and over the past 30 years, we’ve been there many thousands of times, with a total of 8 dogs of our own (and several long-term fosters). Unfortunately, the best I can still say about it, is that it’s a very quick drive from our house. Yes, there are pros and cons, but they are at best equally balanced, and at worst, the cons can ruin your day.

    First, the pros: It is big. And it is off-leash. There are poop bags and trash cans. There is parking. It’s right on the edge of San Francisco Bay (East Bay side), so the views are often spectacular; a wide variety of shoreline-type birds can often be seen. And on the whole, most of the dog-people who visit are very nice. Over the years, we’ve acquired about a dozen “contextual friends” (people we don’t have a relationship with outside of the park, but like a lot, and will join up and walk together any time we meet). Many more people are very friendly in passing. We admire each other’s dogs, comment on the weather, smile & move on. Like, normal human life should be.

    Now, the cons. It’s big, off-leash, AND not fenced. So, if you have a dog that’s not great at recall and easily distracted, you could spend some harrowing minutes (or hours) walking all those acres, shouting yourself hoarse.

    The main drawback, though, in my opinion, is the occasional dolt on the other end of the human-dog relationship. There aren’t that many, but all it takes is ONE, to ruin your day. Our happy, playful, dog-loving golden-aussie mix has been attacked there twice. Most recently, at age 6, by the personal husky-mix of a “professional” dogwalker (the park is full of them – if they pay a special fee, they can legally bring up to 6 dogs in). The dog raised hackles, bared teeth, and went for my dog’s neck, all within seconds. I ran into the middle, yelling “NO!” and the dog did back off. The owner/dogwalker was useless - many yards away, trying to manage 5 other dogs. About 2.5 years earlier, ours was stalked and attacked by 2 shepherd-mixes belonging to a tall guy with white hair, who tends to be on his phone and ignoring the dogs. Bozos like him always claim “never happened before”. I found out that it had happened to at least 4 other dogs before mine. Since then, she still loves other dogs one-on-one, but if two or more start to close around her, she gets nervous and retreats to my side.

    That is the downside – if you run into a human problem, it’s a doozy. The park is ONLY policed by the vast East Bay Parks & Rec system. There is NO officer permanently on-site/on-duty at this huge park. If something “happens”, you have to know the right number to call (not 911). And then wait for someone to be sent from 2 or 3 towns over. Good luck on that. Once when my husband tried to let some other guy know that we saw his dog poop, the guy almost came after him physically (and never did pick it up). I’ve had several risky incidents. Some guy was walking his “teenage” shepherd mix on leash (and 2 human teens, on a psychological leash). The dog was desperate to run & play, and rearing up against the leash continually, at every other dog. Walking past this display (the guy was making it worse with strong-arm “techniques”) I said that if the dog cold be off leash a little, there was less chance of developing leash-aggression. The guy’s response was to start screaming filthy names at me (a solitary older woman). Well, it’s a public park, so I told him off. He was working himself up into a psychotic rage, which led to the daughter coming close and begging ME to “please stop”. I could see in her eyes that however bad it was now, it was going to be a lot worse back home.

    Other issues: The San Francisco Bay Trail (multi-use) skirts the off-leash area. There are always a few dumb bicyclists who end up biking THROUGH the dog park (which is clearly posted as “no bikes”). So your little dog or little child could be at risk for being run down.

    There are several places where dogs who like to swim can get into the water. But be aware, this place used to be called “Battery Point” and the whole park is a former garbage dump, which got capped with clay soil. There’s really no way of knowing what’s leaching into those shallow waters that ring the mound of landfill.

    During the rainy months, the entire park is a muddy morass, with many broad, filthy-looking puddles of black mud (and less savory substances – not every park user bothers to make use of the free poop-bags). I call those puddles “Giardia Soup”. By early June, all that “grass” has turned into a sea of foxtails. There are a couple of walkways – paved in one area, just rocks and dirt in the other. But most dogs will run across the wide-open spaces, which are riddled with big holes that other people’s dogs have dug, and left as deadly ankle-traps hidden under the weed-grasses. If you think you might have to run fast through the open acreage (to catch your dog or to save her), be aware there can be an ankle-breaking hole hidden almost anywhere.

    Bottom line – “Pt Is” can be a fun place for confident dogs with good recall, and a responsible caregiver who is willing to follow the rules AND be constantly vigilant in watching out and protecting their own companion(s).

  • More than a year ago
    Wonders Of Fun

    Met some great pups on a Saturday. Very busy but everyone we met was polite and no issues. The cafe is so cute and great for the pup and I to take a break and grab a light snack. Will come back maybe during the week when it’s maybe less busy. Can’t wait for a hot day to try the water for the pup.

  • More than a year ago
    Best Place

    A little cold but Beautiful view

  • More than a year ago
    Beautiful Spot

    I try to take my dogs here once a week. This is their absolute favorite spot in the Bay Area. So much room and so many dogs to play with. Does get really muddy in the rainy season so be prepared! All the paths are paved or gravel rocks.

  • More than a year ago
    Best dog park ever

    my friends and i have been coming here for a while now and we absolutely love it and so do our dogs. its so beautiful and peaceful. i love that they have a cafe available so you can grab a bite to eat and a nice warm drink and i also love the mini dog store/grooming area. everyone is so nice there and everyones doggies are on there best behavior. this place is amazing and it definitley worth the drive and money.

  • More than a year ago
    Bow Wow Wow

    The park and the view is fantastic. All the dogs and their owners are great. So much for the dogs to do and see. It was a blast seeing all the dogs interacting. I recommend to all dog lovers and nature lovers.

  • More than a year ago
    AWESOME PARK!

    We just visited Point Isabelle Off-Lease Dog Park for the first time yesterday, 10/09/10, and it was amazing! We have a very small dog, and a very large dog, and they both had a blast. Most of the dog people were friendly, and all of the dogs were great. It was a wonderful experience that we will be repeating often!!!

  • More than a year ago
    Great Dog Park

    This has got to be the primier sanctioned dog park in the U.S.A.! It is on a penninsula which sits on the San Francisco Bay with a beautiful view of San Francisco. Between Thanksgiving and New Years is especially wonderful after dark as the City is lighted up for the holidays. The park stretches over to an island accessible by a small wooden bridge which goes over a canal that flows from the Bay into a natural wildlife preserve of birds galore. Off leash for dogs under voice command; it is a Doggie Heaven, and the people love it too:)

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Windy Day At The Point
Get Wet
First Dose of Point Isabel
Snuggle Up
 
 

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