Best Dog Parks in Southeast Michigan

If your pooch has tons of energy, find a spot in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw or Wayne counties for them to run and play, here. Updated for summer 2015.

Top 10 Dog Parks Southeast Michigan

Does your family’s dog love to run, swim or jump, but you don’t have the yard to let them do so? Well, we’ve got a solution for you. Southeast Michigan is packed with tons of dog parks for your canine companions to frolic the summer days away. Here, you’ll find a list of some local leash-free dog parks, some with obstacle courses and water access, for your pooch to run, jump and play with other dogs in a safe and totally animal-friendly environment.

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Remember, most of these spots require dogs to be up-to-date on vaccines and licensed in the county in which they live. Some require an entry fee, while others are totally free. Read the descriptions all the way through and call ahead to ensure your pet is good to go. Then, put on Fido’s collar and tags, and head out for a fun afternoon with your best and furriest friend.

Anne Fracassa Memorial Dog Park (in Burdi Park)

  • Address: Pauline Street and 12 Mile Road, Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily (must have key code to access park)
  • Park key code cost: $10/Warren resident, $20/nonresident

Located in the southwest corner of Burdi Park, this one-acre doggie paradise is enclosed by a 6-foot fence and features a water spigot, pooper-scooper bags, park benches and secure access. Users must submit proof of licensure, vaccines and an application to the city clerk’s office for the park’s key code. Find the application at the city’s parks and recreation office or online.

Balduck Park

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

This park is known as an “unofficial dog park” among Wayne County dog owners. It features wooded trails for nature walks and open fields for dogs to run. A group of dog owners typically meet from 4 to 6 p.m.

Bark-A-Bout’s Bark Park

  • Address: 14660 23 Mile Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-566-8900
  • Hours: large dogs: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:15-8 p.m. Sundays; small dogs: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. Sundays (supervised swimming is also offered during these times)
  • Cost: $5/dog, $10/swimming

At this 2,200-square-foot spot dog park, parents and their fur babies can play together. There’s a pool for dock diving and swimming. All dogs must be up-to-date on the following shots: rabies, distemper, bordetella. Proof of negative fecal test in the last year is also required. Dogs must be licensed and well mannered.

Cady Street Dog Park

  • Address: behind the Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady St., Northville
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. or dusk (whichever is earlier) Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. or dusk (whichever is earlier) Saturday-Sunday
  • Phone: 248-349-0203
  • Cost: $30/residents (this park is for Northville residents only), $12/extra dog (3 dogs maximum)

Find four acres for your pooch to run and play on. All dogs must be up-to-date on shots and licensed. Take the required education session and get your FOB at the parks and recreation office.

Canine Corral at Copper Leaf Crossing

  • Address: 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
  • Phone: 734-663-0982
  • Cost: free

This park, located at the animal care center, offers a mulch-filled dog park filled with tons of toys to play with. It’s securely fenced and has an Amish-made gazebo and benches where mom and dad can wait while the fur-babies play. Dogs must be well-mannered, up on their vaccines and parasite-free. They also host some annual events, be sure to check ahead.

Clinton Township Dog Park

  • Address: 40700 Romeo Plank Road, behind the senior center in Civic Center Park, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-286-9336
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Park pass: $12/Clinton Township resident, $24/nonresident (annual fees that expire on Dec. 31)

Your pooch will enjoy 1.5 acres of grassy playing area, complete with drinking fountains for dogs and their humans, pet waste bags and benches. There’s even a smaller enclosure for dogs under 20 pounds. Dogs of all sizes and kids five and older are welcome with an accompanying adult. Licensure and proof of vaccinations are required. Bring the appropriate paperwork to the parks and recreation department to get your park pass.

Community Park Dog Park

  • Address: Off Five Mile Road just west of Beck, Northville
  • Hours: 7 a.m.- 9p.m. or dusk (whichever is earlier)
  • Phone: 248-349-0203
  • Cost: $30/residents, $60/nonresidents, $12/per extra dog (3 dogs maximum)

Find four acres for your pooch to run and play on. All dogs must be up-to-date on shots and licensed. Take the required education session and get your FOB at the parks and recreation office.

Ferndale Dog Park

  • Address: Located at Wilson Park, S. Hilton Road, Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-544-6767
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Cost: $40/year membership; Key fob access required

This newly-opened dog park features a watering spot themed like a fire hydrant, plenty of grassy space where pups can run and seperate areas for small and large dogs. Bone-shaped sitting benches and a picnic table with a paw-print pattern are available for the humans and you’ll also find poop pick-up stations with baggies. A key fob is required to access to the dog park. To register, residents are asked to complete a one-time dog safety course (free) and purchase an annual membership for $40 per year, plus a one-time $10 key fob fee. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations and dog license is also required. Find more information here.

Karner Farm

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

This three-acre off-leash play area is perfect for the dog that likes to run and play. Pet parents are welcome to bring their fur baby’s favorite toys, but should be aware that Fido may not want to share. A copy of your dog’s license and proof of vaccinations (must include bordatella) are required. Bring these and your driver’s license to the recreation and activity center to register.

Lincoln Hills Dog Park (formerly Birmingham Dog Park)

  • Address: 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 (cash or check only)

You’ll find this .85-acre canine paradise securely fenced on the southeast edge of Lincoln Hills Golf Course. Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated. Complete a dog-pass application to obtain a key FOB.

Lyon Oaks Dog Park

  • Address: 52221 Pontiac Trail, Old Plank and Wixom roads, Wixom
  • Phone: 248-858-0906
  • Hours: half an hour before dawn to half an hour after dusk daily
  • Cost: $5/resident vehicle entry, $10/non-resident vehicle entry (daily fees)

You’ll find 13-acres of space for your large dog to run, and an area for smaller companions to play. Find benches, shelters, picnic tables, a water fountain, pet waste bags and even a field training area to teach your dog some new tricks.

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Maloof Statler Dog Park inside of Herman Brys Park

  • Address: Eight Mile Road and Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-445-5350
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Key fob cost: $30/St. Clair Shores resident, $22.50/resident seniors, $45/nonresident, $37.50/non-resident seniors

This fenced-in dog park is open 365 days a year and has a main park area for bigger dogs separated from the “wee doggie” area for smaller dogs. Find benches for pet parents, water fountains and a shade structure. Kids 5-17 are welcome with an adult. Bring license and vaccination paperwork to the city’s parks and recreation department to get your key fob. New members must take at least one etiquette class prior to key 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: $50/resident, $75/non-resident

This park offers a large fenced-in area for bigger breeds to run and a smaller fenced-off area for smaller breeds and older dogs to play and relax. Drop off proof of shots and a copy of current license to the city clerk’s office to get your pass. Up to three dogs are allowed per pass.

Midtown Detroit Dog Park

  • Address: corner of Cass Avenue and West Canfield Street, Detroit
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily
  • Cost: Free

This is the second off-the-leash dog park that’s opened in the city of Detroit. Thanks to Shinola and nonprofit org Midtown Detroit, Inc., you can now bring your furry friend for some air and exercise at this off-the-leash dog park.

Novi Dog Park

  • Address: Behind the Novi Ice Arena, 42390 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi
  • Phone: 248-347-0460
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. or dusk (whichever is earlier) daily
  • Costs: $20/one-time key fob deposit, $30/residents, $60/non-residents, $12/additional dog (limit of three per household membership)

This double-gate enclosed park offers three acres for your dog to run and play, plus a 3/4-acre section set aside for smaller or more timid dogs. There’s water fountains for dogs and humans, dog waste stations and benches, too. Complete the online application process and bring proof of vaccinations and licensure to the city’s park and recreation department to register.

Olson Dog Park

  • Address: 1505 Dhu Varren Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-794-6230
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $25/dog, $15/spayed or neutered dog

Find tons of space for your furry friend to run and play at this community park. Dogs must be vaccinated and licensed. Register with the city’s clerk’s office.

Orion Oaks Dog Park

  • Address: 2301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-858-0906
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-half an hour after dusk, or as posted
  • Cost: $5/resident vehicle entry, $10/non-resident vehicle entry (daily fees)

This 24-acre, fenced-in park offers plenty of space for larger dogs to run and play along with a spot for smaller dogs, too. You’ll also find two trails, a picnic shelter, drinking water and waste bags. There’s even a dogs-only lake for your pooch to frolic in the water. Kids are welcome with adult supervision.

Paw Run Dog Park

  • Address: 5365 N. Territorial Road, Dexter
  • Phone: 734-476-1620
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-sunset daily
  • Costs: $20/registration, $4/day pass; month-to-month dues: $25/dog, $10/additional dog; annual dues: $220/dog, $50/additional dog

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: At the corner of 17th and Rose Street, adjacent to Michigan Central Station, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-244-1129
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Free

Thanks to the generous donation from PetSmart, dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes can run and play in this enclosed park right in the heart of Corktown. All dogs must be in compliance with licensing and registration of their municipality and updated on their vaccines. Benches are available for pet parents.

Red Oaks Dog Park

  • Address: 31353 Dequindre Road (adjacent to the Red Oaks Waterpark), Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-858-0906
  • Hours: half an hour before dawn to half an hour after dusk daily, or as posted
  • Cost: $5/resident vehicle entry, $10/non-resident vehicle entry (daily fees)

This 5.2-acre spot offers four fenced enclosures, including one for smaller dogs, benches, waste bags and water stations. You’ll even find an agility course for your pup to practice his moves and have a doggone good time running through tunnels, over ramps and more. Park areas are rotated seasonally; check ahead to find out which spot is open.

Saline Dog Park at Mill Pond Park

  • Address: 565 W. Bennett St., Saline
  • Phone: 734-429-3502
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m.-dusk Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-dusk Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: free

You’ll find this one-acre dog park nestled inside the 54-acre Mill Pond Park. The dog park is enclosed on three sides, with access to the Saline River on the fourth side, for those water-loving dogs. You’ll find play structures for kids nearby and nature trails for some leashed walks with Fido, too.

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, or as posted
  • Cost: $50/annually for one dog, $35/annually for spayed or neutered dog, $10/additional dogs, $5/additional spayed or neutered dog

Find a separate small dog area, large, grassy fields and benches at this 10-acre, fenced-in space. Water is not provided so be sure to bring along your pup’s water bowl and a few bottles of water. Visit the city clerk’s office (or Washtenaw County Treasurer’s office) with proof of licensure, vaccinations and application for an off-leash permit to register your dog.

Wayne County Dog Park (at Hawthorne Ridge Park)

  • Address: Hines Drive, west of Merriman Road, Westland
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Hours: dawn-dusk daily, June-April
  • Cost: $20/resident, $25/ non-resident (annual fee)

This three-acre park is split for large and small dogs. Find secure entry, drinking water, agility equipment and a punch of room for your pooch to run. Bring your dog’s license and proof a vaccination to the Wayne County administration offices to get your annual pass card.

Know a local dog park that didn’t make the list? Tell us in the comments below.

This post was originally published in 2014 updated for 2015.

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  • I would like to point out that, although the park claims to have water, they have not had any for the past 9 months. I understood that during winter it might be difficult, if not impossible to repair, but this has gone on too long. They are very willing to take the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in fees from us without doing any more maintenance than if there were no park. Much of the lawn maintenance, such as covering bare soil with straw and filling large mud puddles are done by users fed up with the shabby workmanship of the county.
    They nor us can water any seed that might get put down, so it will not hold. Any complaints just fall on deaf ears.

  • Friends of Canton Dog Park in Canton on Denton Rd. There are shade structures, benches, fresh running water in the warmer months, kiddie pools for the pups to play in, waste bags (pet parents recycle grocery and other bags in provide recepticles) and they are good about keeping the trash emptied and the space nice and clean. There is also a small dog side and a big dog side. My pups love it there and I truly can’t say enough nice things about the people and dogs there!


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