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Best Dog Parks in Southeast Michigan

If you have a furry friend that loves to play, check out these spots in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties to unleash some fun. Updated for 2014.

Do you have a family dog that just loves to run? Bring your canine-companion out for a day of fun at one of these local dog parks. These puppy paradises are fenced in with lots of trees and room for Spot to run. Some even have water access for him to take a swim on a hot day. These dog parks are sure to be tons of fun for man's best friend, and the best part – they don't even need to be leashed!

Remember, many of these dog parks require your pooch to be up-to-date on vaccines, and some require a fee for entry. Read the descriptions for details, and call ahead to ensure your pet is good to go. Then put on the fancy collar and head on out for an afternoon of canine-friendly fun.

Anne Fracassa Memorial Dog Park (in Burdi Park)

  • Address: Pauline Street and 12 Mile Road, Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-dusk daily
  • Park key code cost: $10/Warren resident, $20/nonresident

The Anne Fracassa Park is a one-acre park enclosed by a six-foot fenced inside of Burdi Park. The dog park features a water spigot, park benches, pooper-scooper bags and secure access. Submit proof of licensure, vaccines and an application to the city clerk's office to receive a park key code. Application forms are available from the parks and recreation office or online.

Balduck Park

  • Address: Chandler Park Drive, Detroit
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Cost: free

Balduck Park is known as an "unofficial dog park" among Wayne County dog owners. Balduck is a place where people and pets gather to explore the wooded trails, run through the fields and appreciate the camaraderie. A group of dog owners typically meets from 4 to 6 p.m.

Canine Corral at Copper Leaf Crossing

  • Address: 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
  • Cost: free

Located at an animal care center, Canine Corral offers a free dog park open to all dog lovers. It's securely fenced and filled with mulch so it's almost always dry. The park features a gazebo made by Amish craftsmen, benches and dog toys.

Clinton Township Dog Park

  • Address: 40700 Romeo Plank Road, located behind the senior center in Civic Center Park, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-286-9336
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Park pass: $9/Clinton Township resident, $7/resident senior, $18/nonresident, $14/nonresident senior

A one-year pass, and a one-time $10 fee for a key fob, will get you and your pooch 365 days at the Clinton Township Dog Park. The park features 1.5 acres of grassy playing area complete with drinking fountains for dogs and their humans, pet waste bags and benches. Dogs of all sizes and kids ages 5 and older are welcome with an accompanying adult. License and vaccination paperwork to the parks and recreation department are required to obtain a pass.

Hines Dog Park (at Hawthorne Ridge Park)

  • Address: Hines Drive, west of Merriman Road, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily, June-April
  • Pass card cost: $20/annual, $25/nonresident

This three-acre park is separated for large and small dogs. Amenities include secure entry, drinking water, agility equipment and, of course, a whole bunch of trees and room to run. Bring your dog license and proof of vaccination to the Wayne County administration offices for a pass card to a whole year of doggy fun.

Karner Farm

  • Address: 5911 Halsted Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-451-1900
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk, closed for maintenance 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays
  • Costs: $30/resident, $60/nonresident

The Off-Leash Dog Area at Karner Farm offers a three-acre play area perfect for a dog's daily exercise routine. Pet parents are welcome to bring Fido's favorite toys, but be aware of potential dominance issues. Children ages 14-17 welcome with adult supervision. Bring a copy of your dog's license, proof of current vaccination and your driver's license to the recreation and activities center for registration.

Lincoln Hills Dog Park (formerly Birmingham Dog Park)

  • Address: southeast edge of Lincoln Hills Golf Course, 2666 W. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-530-1800
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Cost: $50/annual resident, $200/annual nonresident

Your furry friend will love running in the securely fenced, 0.85-acre area. Complete a dog-pass application to obtain a key fob to the park. Residents must show their driver's license and have their dog licensed with the city. Nonresidents must show proof or rabies vaccination.

Lyon Oaks Dog Park

  • Address: 52221 Pontiac Trail, Old Plank and Wixom roads, Wixom
  • Phone: 248-424-7081
  • Hours: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset
  • Park fees: $5/day resident, $10/day nonresident, $30/annual resident, $46/annual nonresident

Lyon Oaks is a 13-acre, fenced-in doggy play land. The park features space for small dogs, benches, shade, shelter, picnic tables, a water fountain, pet waste bags and roughly six miles of trails. If you're looking for a place to teach your dog some new tricks, don't forget to check out the park's field training area.

 

Maloof Statler Dog Park

  • Address: 19800 Chalon St. (in Brys Park), St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-445-5350
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Key fob cost: $30/St. Clair Shores resident, $45/nonresident

This secure dog park is open 365 days a year and is equipped with a "wee doggies" area separated from the main park area; plus benches, water fountains and a shade structure. Kids ages 5-17 welcome with accompanying adult. Provide license and vaccination paperwork to the city's parks and recreation department to receive a key fob. New members must attend one etiquette class prior to key fob activation.

Mark Twain Park

  • Address: east side of Campbell Road, south of 14 Mile, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3000
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $40/resident, $65/nonresident

Mark Twain Park offers a 2.5-acre fenced-in area for large dogs and a 0.25-acre area for smaller and older dogs. Must have a key fob from the city clerk to enter. Proof of shots and a copy of current dog license are required to get a key.

Mill Pond/Saline Dog Park

  • Address: West Bennett Street and Mills Road, Saline
  • Phone: 734-429-3502
  • Hours: dawn-dusk, daily
  • Cost: free

Mill Pond/Saline Dog Park is a one-acre dog park inside the 54-acre Mill Pond Park. The dog park is enclosed on three sides with access to the Saline River on the fourth, for those water-loving dogs. Mill Pond Park also features nature trails, play structures for kids, picnic sites and more!

Orion Oaks Dog Park, Lake Orion

  • Address: 2301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-858-0906
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-half an hour after sunset
  • Park fees: $5/day resident, $10/day nonresident, $30/annual resident, $46/annual nonresident

This park offers 24 acres of fenced-in land for dogs to run and play, with a spot for small dogs. Plus, two trails, a picnic center, drinking water, dog-waste bags and, if your pup really loves to frolic in the water, the park also has access to the dogs-only lake, Lake Sixteen. Children are welcome with adult supervision.

Paw Run Dog Park

  • Address: on North Territorial about four miles west of US-23, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-476-1620
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Costs: $20/registration, $220/yearly dues, $4/day pass

Paw Run is 18 fenced-in acres that remains in its natural state. Your dog will love running through the tall grass, playing in the agility yard and swimming in the pond in the mowed play area. All dogs must have current rabies and vaccinations and pass a temperament test before park entry. High-risk fighting breeds are not allowed.

PetSmart P.U.P. Detroit Dog Park

  • Address: Macomb Playlot, corner of 17th and Rose streets in Historic Corktown, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-244-1129
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Opened in May 2014, Detroit's first true dog park was built in just three days with a donation from PetSmart. Dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes are invited to come run and play in this enclosed puppy paradise in the heart of Corktown. All dogs must be vaccinated and tagged, but no extra permit to use the park is required.

Red Oaks Dog Park

  • Address: 31353 Dequindre Road (adjacent to the Red Oaks Waterpark), Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-541-5030
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Park fees: $5/day resident, $10/day nonresident, $30/annual resident, $46/annual nonresident

This 5.2-acre site offers four fenced enclosures, including one for smaller dogs, and features benches, waste bags, water stations and an eight-piece agility course. Whether your pup is a professional competitor or out to have a doggone good time, she can run through tunnels, jump through a tire, climb a ramp and more. Open areas are rotated seasonally.

Swift Run Dog Park

  • Address: Ellsworth and Platt roads, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-994-2780
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily, closed for maintenance 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and 12:30-3 p.m. Fridays
  • Cost: $50/annually for one dog, $25/extra dogs

Swift Run is equipped with a separate small dog area, grassy fields and benches on 10-plus acres of fenced-in space. Water is not provided so be sure to bring along your furry friend's non-glass water bowl. Visit the city clerk's office (or the Washtenaw County treasurer's office, for nonresidents) with proof of licensure, vaccinations and an application to get your dog an off-leash permit. Get a discounted rate of $35 if you can prove your dog is fixed.

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