Dogs in Parks


All dog and pet-related laws are enforced by City of Bozeman Animal Control

List of Off-leash Dog Parks 

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  1. Burke Park. That area located adjacent to S. Church Avenue specifically signed for use as a restraint-free dog park.

  2. Canine Beach at the Bozeman Pond. The fenced and enclosed area, to include the actual beach itself, on the west side of the Bozeman Ponds and specifically signed for use as restraint-free dog park (see also #9. Lewis and Bark Dog Park at Bozeman Pond Park)

  3. Highland Park. The fenced and enclosed area located on the southwest side of the Softball Complex that is specifically signed for use as a restraint-free dog park.

  4. Snowfill.

  5. Gallatin County Regional Park. The area that adjoins West Oak Street and Davis Lane, and that has been specifically identified by Gallatin County for use in a restraint-free status.

  6. Cooper Park.

  7. Centennial Park. This restraint-free exemption shall be only from 5:00 a.m. MST to 9:00 a.m. MST.

  8. Ordinance No. 2022 in effect on August 14, 2019: West Paw Dog Park at Story Mill Community Park.  The fenced and enclosed area located adjacent to Story Mill Road and east of the Story Mill Spur Trail that is specifically signed for use as a restraint-free dog park.

  9. Ordinance No. 2022 in effect on August 14, 2019: Lewis and Bark Dog Park at Bozeman Pond Park.  The fenced and enclosed area located  east of South Fowler Avenue, and north and west of Pond Row that is specifically signed for use as a restraint-free dog park (see also #2. Canine Beach at Bozeman Pond Park).

Dog-free Areas 

  1. East Gallatin Recreation Area, beach and lake.  Dogs are disallowed either on- or off-restraint. However, dogs are allowed on adjoining trails to the north and east of the recreation area.

  2. Bronken Fields, defined as recreational fields and adjoining area southwest of W. Durston Avenue and N. Cottonwood Road

  3. Softball complex, located southeast of Haggerty Lane and Highland Boulevard, except as designated.

  4. Playgrounds, beaches (unless specified), ice rinks or on any fields specifically designed for sports recreation to include softball fields, soccer fields or related areas.

  5. Ordinance No. 2022 in effect on August 14, 2019: Story Mill Park Nature Sanctuary, defined as the area south of E. Griffin Drive and to the northwest of the Story Mill Spur Trail.

    Dogs are allowed at Story Mill Park in the northern portion of the park outside of the playground, in the area surrounding the dog park along Story Mill Road and in the Story Mill Spur Trail.

Benefits of an Off-leash Dog Park

  1. Puppies and adult dogs have a safe(r), enclosed place to play.
  2. Enclosed play areas prevent off-leash dogs from infringing on the rights of other community residents and park users such as joggers, small children, and those who may be fearful of dogs.
  3. A well-exercised dog is a happier and healthier dog.
  4. An exercised dog makes a better next door neighbor than an under-exercised dog. Puppies and dogs which get enough exercise by playing in a dog run, are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively, destroy property, jump on passers-by, etc.
  5. In an era where people are often reluctant or afraid to approach or converse with a complete stranger, dog runs bring people together and create a greater sense of community. Dogs help shy people “break the ice”. People’s love for dogs often creates an important common ground, which as if by magic, serves to break down otherwise impenetrable social and economic barriers.

Tips for Dog Park Etiquette

  • Know each dog park's rules, and follow them.
  • Keep your dog leashed until you're inside the park's area.
  • Never leave your dog unattended, even in an off-leash dog park.
  • Maintain voice control over your dog at all times.
  • If your dog starts to play rough, leash him or her and leave the park immediately.
  • Don't bring toys that dogs could fight over to the dog park.
  • Keep your dog's vaccinations up-to-date.
  • Never bring a female dog in heat to a dog park.
  • Always clean up after your dog.
  • Chasing or harassing wildlife by your pet is prohibited.
  • Allowing your dog to dig park sagebrush or plants is prohibited.

Related Information

  • Bozeman Pond Park

    Bozeman Ponds Picnic Shelter
    1. Address:550 S. Fowler Ave
      Bozeman, MT 59718
    2. Phone:(406) 582-2290
    1. Basketball
    2. Beach
    3. Bench
    4. Bike Rack
    5. Bridge
    6. Canine Beach
    7. Climbing Boulder
    8. Dog Station
    9. Drinking Fountain
    10. Fenced Dog Park
    11. Fishing
    12. Fishing Docks
    13. Garbage Can
    14. Horseshoe Pit
    15. Kiosk
    16. Large Pavilion
    17. Open Grass Area
    18. Picnic Pavilion
    19. Picnic Tables
    20. Playground
    21. Pond
    22. Restrooms Open Year Round
    23. Sand Volleyball Courts
    24. Shelter
    25. Trails
    1. Parks

Bozeman Pond Park has something for everyone!  The park features a large fishing pond, volleyball, climbing boulder, full basketball court, picnic sites, large pavilion available for rental, 1/2 mile paved shared-use path, restrooms and a play area. There are even two places for fido to play: a doggy swimming beach and the new Lewis and Bark Park dog park (both enclosed by fencing).

        Lewis and Bark park finished  Bozeman Pond Park PavilionBozeman Pond Boulder2007-09-25, 01 Bozeman Pond signBozeman Pond view of ducks on the water

Bozeman Pond water viewBozeman Pond shelter

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