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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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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: $20/St. Clair Shores resident, $30/nonresident

This secure dog park is equipped with a separate "wee doggies" area, trees, benches, water fountains and a shade structure. Kids ages 5-17 are welcome to accompany an adult. Provide license and vaccination paperwork to the city parks and recreation department at civic arena to receive a key fob. A discounted rate is available for seniors ages 62 and older. Attendance at a new members' meeting is required within 30 days of receiving your key fob.

Mark Twain Park

  • Address: east side of Campbell Road, south of 14 Mile, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3000
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $50/resident, $75/nonresident

The Mark Twain offers two fenced-in areas: One is .25 acres and for small dogs and older dogs, while the other is 2.5 acres for bigger dogs. Entry requires a key fob, which can be obtained from the city clerk. The pass is good for one year from the date of purchase. You must have proof of all shots and a copy of current dog license to the get a key.

Mill Pond / Saline Dog Park

  • Address: West Bennett Street and Mills Road, Saline
  • Phone: 734-429-3502
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Mill Pond / Saline Dog Park has fencing on three sides and river access on the fourth. And this one-acre park is free to the public! Water-loving dogs will have a ball swimming and splashing in the Saline River while owners can enjoy the generally peaceful atmosphere. Kids are welcome, but there is a children's playground nearby that will keep little ones entertained, too.

Orion Oaks Dog Park, Lake Orion

  • Address: 2301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-437-7345
  • Hours: half hour before sunrise till half hour after sunset
  • Park fees: $5/day resident, $10/day nonresident, $30/annual resident, $46/annual nonresident

This top dog park pick is 24 acres of field and trails complete with picnic shelters, drinking water and waste bags. It also features a small dog area, a new parking lot and access to modern restrooms. If you have a water-loving pup, take him down to the dock for a frolic through Lake Sixteen, reserved for doggy swimming only. Children are welcome with adult supervision.

Red Oaks Dog Park

  • Address: 31353 Dequindre Road (adjacent to the Red Oaks Waterpark), Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-858-0906
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Park fees: $5/day resident, $10/day nonresident, $30/annual resident, $46/annual nonresident

Red Oaks Dog Park is 5.2 acres and equipped with a separate small dog area, pavilion with benches and shade, waste bags, water stations and an eight-piece agility course that was donated this year. Whether your dog is training for a competition or just having doggone fun, she can run through tunnels, climb a ramp, jump through a tire, hop on a seesaw and more.

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 space. As water is not provided, 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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