Dog Friendly Activities in Michigan

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Michigan, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Norman F Kruse Park
Norman F Kruse Park Norman F Kruse Park is pet-friendly. There is a dog beach at the Northern end of the park. Dogs must be leashed in the sand, but are allowed off-leash in the water. The dog-friendly area is clearly marked, so pay close attention to the signs to avoid being ticketed. The dog beach is no longer accessible via the boardwalk due to high water and erosion. They have had to remove several levels of the boardwalk because it was falling into the lake. The park is open, but there is now a 20 foot cliff/steep sand dune when you get to the water. See Details
Pet Friendly Grand Mere State Park
Grand Mere State Park Grand Mere State Park is characterized by magnificent sand dunes, deep blowouts and one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline. Three inland lakes lie behind the dunes in the undeveloped natural area.

Dogs are permitted. The hike to the beach is long and moderately challenging. This hike results in an secluded beach where you and your dog can enjoy sun and fun.
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Warren Dunes State Park Warren Dunes State Park has a beautiful beach right on Lake Michigan. Dogs are allowed in the campground, forested trails, boardwalks, and north of the northernmost swim buoy at the beach which provides two and a half miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Pets must be on a six-foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles. See Details
Grand Haven City Beach Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach south of the swim buoys from Memorial Day - Labor Day (only before 11am and after 5pm). Dogs must always be kept on a 6-foot leash and never left unattended. From Labor Day through Memorial Day, leashed dogs are allowed on any part of the Grand Haven City Beach. The beach is located just South of Grand Haven State Park. See Details
Stony Creek Metropark Fido will love the chance to join you on-leash at this popular park. Stony Creek Metropark features more than twenty-seven miles of hiking through thick woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Pets are not allowed at Baypoint Beach, Eastwood Beach or north of the Stony Creek River in the Nature Center Area. Admission is $10 per vehicle. Stony Creek Metropark is open daily from 6am to 10pm. See Details
Nordhouse Dunes Nordhouse Dunes offers miles of trails to explore on the shore of Lake Michigan. Natural features include sand dunes, wooded areas, marshes, interdunal ponds, and beaches. Dogs must be leashed at all times while exploring Nordhouse Dunes. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are also permitted in the campground. Dogs are not permitted on the swimming beach. See Details
Hagar Beach Lovely public beach with miles of Lake Michigan shoreline walking access. There is a stair case down to the beach with several benches along the 100 or so step stair case. A large parking lot, a picnic park with bathroom, tables, playground and large trees on the bluff. Poop bags in holder at entrance to park and beach staircase. See Details
Kirk Park Dog Beach The southernmost area of Kirk Park on Lake Michigan Beach is now an off-leash area for dogs where people can play and swim with their dogs. The dog beach is divided from the non-dog beach with a fence. There is clean sand and water, without rocks, debris, mud, seaweed, or grass. Waste bags provided on-site. A quarter-mile walk from the parking lot to the beach, culminating in a staircase, so maneuvering with strollers is a bit tough. Vehicle Permit: Ottawa County residents - $5 per day or $15 per annual pass; Non-Residents: $7 per day or $25 per annual pass. Parking fees are in effect from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dogs are welcome on the beach from 7am to 10am and 7pm to 10pm. See Details
South Higgins Lake State Park There are two pet-friendly areas of shoreline at South Higgins Lake State Park. The first is for campers-only and is near the west campground. The second area is in the day use area. Please contact the park for specific details. Pets must be on a six foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles.South Higgins Lake State Park contains almost one mile of shoreline along Higgins Lake, which is a large spring-fed body of water known for its clarity and fishing potential. As the second largest campground in a state park, the park's 400 modern camp sites are situated in a hardwood-shaded area. The park is very popular during the summer months and reservations must be made early. See Details
Hillcrest Dog Park Hillcrest Dog Park is located on the northeast side of Grand Rapids and offers separately fenced areas for small and large dogs, benches, shaded areas, water station (seasonal), and bags for cleanup. See Details
Mill Pond Dog Park If your pet needs to cool off, bring them down to this waterfront off-leash dog park. Fenced on three sides with river access on the fourth. See Details
Prairie View Dog Park Prairie View Dog Park opened in the spring of 2010 and features 7 acres of fenced park area for dogs to exercise and socialize off-leash. The park has a grass area with plenty of shade trees and a wooded section with a walking trail. Plus there is a special area for dogs under 25 lbs. Access to the dog park requires either payment of the daily vehicle entrance fee or an annual park pass.
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Wagner Park Dog Run Bring your pet for some off-leash exercise in the designated area of Wagner Park, though be careful as the area is not fenced. See Details
Countryside Greenhouse Leashed dogs are welcome to join shoppers at Countryside Greenhouses. The garden center is open seasonally from January - October. Call for hours. See Details
North Point Beach This dog friendly beach is on Lake Michigan near Portage Lake. It offers a beautiful beach and pier where dogs are welcome! See Details
Meadow Run Dog Park Meadow Run Dog Park has 24 acres of completely-fenced rolling meadows, a large pond for dog swimming, agility equipment, a separate small/shy dog area, plowed paths in winter, a dog rinse off area outside, and self-grooming tubs inside the office. There are also rest areas with poop and water stations and benches. This is a private park that sells 3, 6, 9 or 12 month memberships. 3 visits are allowed before membership is required. All dogs must demonstrate suitable temperament and have proof of current rabies, distemper, parvo, and bordetella vaccinations before entering park. See Details
Lake Michigan Beach Near Sleeping Bear Dunes in Glen Arbor is an outstanding dog friendly beach. Dogs are allowed on the east end of the beach. If you haven't been to Sleeping Bear Dunes, it's one of Good Moring America's 10 most beautiful places in America. (including Hawaii) We found 2 beaches near there, I posted both, the other is the beach near Leland. If your dog loves to swim, both of these are fantastic. See Details
Fairmont Dog Park Kalamazoo dog lovers are hard at work putting in a fenced off-leash dog park at this location. Visit www.fairmontneighborhood.com for updates! See Details
Tails and Trails Dog Park Pets will love to play off-leash at this Saugatuck dog park, which is fully fenced with a separate small dog area, grass, sand, and trees for shade. See Details
Buttersville Park & Campground Beautiful campground with beach access and a public beach next door. Best beach in Ludington! See Details
Soldan Dog Park Soldan Dog Park has more than 12 acres of natural space and trails, as well as a large pond and expansive open field for running. There is LOTS of room for dogs to roam off-leash, pet and human drinking fountains, and free poop bags. Day passes and key FOBS are required to enter. See website for details or call Lansing Parks and Rec at (517) 483-4277. See Details
Roadside Park Located on Blue Star Highway just south of Van Buren County line, this natural dune beach park is offers easy access to the Lake Michigan shoreline where dogs can take a dip. There are waste bag dispensers available. See Details
Kirk Park Kirk Park has sixty-eight acres of sandy beach, high bluffs and wooded dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Dog lovers will delight in the new off-leash beach at the southernmost area of the park. The area is accessible from the south beach stairs, and dogs must remain on a leash to and from the off-leash beach. There are also nature hiking trails with scenic wooden stairways leading to dune overlooks.
March 1 through October 15 – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 16 through February 28 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Swift Run Dog Park The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission welcomes dog owners and their pets to visit Swift Run Dog Park. The park is an outdoor space established for registered dog owners to allow their dogs to legally run free off-leash. There is 10 acres of grassy fields with separate fenced runs for large and small dogs. See Details