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Best Dog Parks in Southeast Michigan

If your family has a friendly pup that needs a place to run and play without a leash, visit one of these spots in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

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Does your family have an energetic dog? Let your furry friend socialize, play and run at a local dog park – all without a leash. These canine-friendly parks are fenced-in fields with lots of trees and trails; some even have river access for your pup to take a swim. These dog parks are sure to be a hit with man's best friend.

We've dug up some of the best dog parks in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for you and your pooch to check out. Remember: Many require a pass that's issued if dogs have had certain vaccinations and/or if you pay a fee; read the descriptions for details, and/or call in advance to ensure your pooch is good to go. Then, grab Fido and head to your nearest dog park for an afternoon of fun!

Anne Fracassa Memorial Dog Park (in Burdi Park)

  • Address: Pauline Street and 12 Mile Road, Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Park key code cost: $10/Warren resident, $20/nonresident

The Anne Fracassa park is a fenced, one-acre portion of Burdi Park with a water spigot, park benches, pet waste bags and secure access. Submit proof of licensure, vaccines and an application to the city clerk's office to receive a key code.

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. With many private resident parks in the Grosse Pointe area, Balduck is a place where anyone can gather with their pets to explore the wooded trails, run through the fields or simply appreciate the camaraderie. A group of dog owners typically meets from 4 to 6 p.m.

Birmingham's Dog Park

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

Bring your four-legged friend to the Birmingham dog park! Your dog will love running in the securely fenced, .85-acre area. To access the dog park, a key fob is required; to obtain one, you must complete a dog-pass application. Residents must have their dog licensed with the city and nonresidents must show proof of rabies vaccines.

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 will get you and your pooch 365 days of fun at this popular Macomb County park. Amenities include drinking fountains for dogs and their humans, pet waste bags and benches – all within 1.5 acres of grassy playing area. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to accompany an adult. Provide license and vaccination paperwork to the parks and recreation department to obtain a pass.

Hines Dog Park (at Hawthorne Ridge Park)

  • Address: Hines Drive, west of Merriman Road, Westland
  • Phone: 866-66-HINES (44637)
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Pass card cost: $5/annual

Features in this park include secure entry, a plethora of trees, drinking water, a small dog area and agility equipment. Bring your dog license and proof of vaccination to the Wayne County administrative offices to get your pass card for a year of inexpensive doggy fun.

Lyon Oaks Dog Park

  • Address: 52221 Pontiac Trail, Old Plank and Wixom roads, Wixom
  • Phone: 248-437-7345
  • Hours: 8 a.m. till half an hour after sunset
  • Park fees: $5/day resident, $10/day nonresident, $30/annual resident, $46/annual nonresident

Lyon Oaks features a 13-acre fenced play space with a small dog area, benches, shade shelter and picnic tables, water fountain and pet waste bags. Want to practice for competitions – or just teach your dog some cool tricks? Don't miss the park's field training area, too.

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