Point Isabel Regional Shoreline Dog Park
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- KatieFeb. 16, 2020A 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!
- NickDec. 16, 2019Pretty 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.
- PatriciaJun. 22, 2019Well, 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).
- CatherineJun. 18, 2019Wonders 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.
- ScottMar. 31, 2019Best Place
A little cold but Beautiful view
- AllisonJan. 29, 2019Beautiful 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.
- BriMore than a year agoBest 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.
- RichardMore than a year agoBow 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.
- CassandraMore than a year agoAWESOME 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!!!
- VisitorMore than a year agoGreat 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:)