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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.

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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.

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