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Island Beach State Park

Dogs are permitted in the park but must be kept on a leash that is a maximum length of six feet. They are not allowed on the swimming beach (the lifeguard area) during the summer season or on the Spizzle Creek Bird Blind Trail at any time. It is a good idea to check your dog for ticks after you take them on any of the other trails. Also do not leave your dog, or any other pet, unattended in the car during warm weather. Visit Website

Or call (732) 793-0506 for more information.

Reviews

BringFido Guest Rating

Island Beach State Park has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 bones by 16 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Nicole
    Sep. 5, 2021
    Best beach ever

    I wish I could give this 100/100 bones! We take Paisley here almost every weekend in the summer! the beaches are well kept and super dog friendly!

  • Steve
    Jul. 12, 2021
    Not the usual Jersey Shore

    Island Beach State Park is a gem - they have 23 parking lots with access to the beach - 21 of them are dog friendly (plus no lifeguards either - yes the dog must be on a leash but the beaches are empty as most of the tourists go to the 2 large beaches with lifeguards.

  • Amy
    Nov. 27, 2020
    Great beach for dogs to run

    We enjoyed visiting Friday after thanksgiving. There were lots of fishermen and some other dogs. Bridget was able to run and chase a ball for hours.

  • Becky
    Aug. 10, 2020
    Unexpected Capacity Closures

    We arrived just over an hour after their Sunday 8am opening but they were already closed due to capacity. The office staff was very friendly and apologetic but our day ended up mostly taking a long drive and views from the car.

  • Chris
    Sep. 3, 2019
    Excellent Place For Dogs

    I brought my dogs to this beach all summer. It has miles of Beaches where you can bring your dogs to
    Play. The staff is very friendly towards dogs and they take excellent care of the park. A true jem!

  • Will
    Jul. 27, 2019
    Great For A Day Out Or Walk Along The Beach

    We took our 6 month old golden and had an absolute blast. The swimming beaches only take up about 1/2 mile of the 11 mile beach so plenty of space for doggo! We asked on the gate about the dog and they gave us a map to clear up any confusion. We kept our pup on leash at all times as she’s still young and not very trustworthy. We did see one or two dogs off the leash (technically against the rules) but they were well behaved so zero concerns. Will visit again.

  • John
    More than a year ago
    Great place to bring dogs.

    The dogs love to come to IBSP. Lots of open space .

  • Kathy
    More than a year ago
    Flies

    I've been going going to Island Beach SP and LBI for years. The only time the flies are bad is when the wind comes from the west. Keep an eye on those flags, or check the weather before you go. IBSP is my favorite NJ beach!

  • Hope
    More than a year ago
    Absolute Gem

    Love coming here w/ my dog. Its absolutely gorgeous, has plenty of open space and the beaches are pristine. Almost don't want to post and keep it to myself, but it's too good not to visit.

  • Ewa
    More than a year ago
    Flies, flies, flies!!!!

    I brought today 08/01/15 my dog to this beach. After 5 minutes we just had to run off the beach. The flies did bite so bad that my dog started to hide his head under the sand. And my ankles started to bleed from all the biting. Almost 3 hours of driving, paying for the gas and tolls plus $10 admission and we did last maybe 5 minutes on the beach. The worst experience ever !!!!!!!

  • Scott
    More than a year ago
    Flies? Come on people

    Where there is standing water like the bay there will be flies. When the wind blows from the west (where the bay is and toward the ocean) the flies will get blown your way for a feeding. Sit close to the shoreline for some releif or choose your visits based on wind direction...your call. I go regardless.
    Enjoy

  • Rich
    More than a year ago
    remy

    flies are bad only when wind comes from the east

  • Laura
    More than a year ago
    Great Beach, Plenty of Space

    My husband and I brought our dog to Island Beach State Park today 08-19-12, and it was wonderful. Dogs (Pets) cannot be on the public beach with lifeguards or on the Spizzle Creek Bird Blind Trail, but are permitted anywhere else as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6 feet. This beach was huge, only a few people, well behaved pets, and no flies or bugs. We had a wonderful day.

  • Jennifer
    More than a year ago
    Flies...yes, the flies

    Agreed. The flies really do stink there. I've only been there in early September, and they do BITE bad...they seem to come out later in the day though...so be careful of that if you go there! Tried bug spray, that didnt work either! :( Parking is a little rough too (not alot of it), BUT in all, love that place!

  • Arden Townsend
    More than a year ago
    Great Beach

    We bring Daisy and Precious down the shore all the time to this place. They have to be on leash during their stay. The only place they are not allowed is the public beach where the lifeguards are. We normally go down to fisherman wharf area and enjoy exploring the beach then. We go to this location through out the year. I will admit that the flies are bad in late July to late August, but that is the only time we have had fly problems.

  • Aisha
    More than a year ago
    Nice but lots of flies in the summer

    Dogs are allowed on the non lifeguarded beaches. Nice beach for both you and your dog. Sadly after we were done playing by the water my little lab and I got eaten to death by black flies and green heads. To the point where both the pup and I went running off the beach. Might be better in the spring or fall.

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