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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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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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