BLOG: Door County’s Dog Parks

Door County’s parks are among its most beautiful and enjoyable assets and great places to spend time with your dogs.

The county is home to five state parks and 19 county parks, most of which allow dogs on leashes in at least some areas.

Leash rules are strongly enforced and good manners require that we realize not everyone is as comfortable around dogs as we are. Dogs are usually allowed on the trails but not the beaches or picnic areas. The state parks will require a day or annual pass.  Many of the community parks do not allow dogs, so I would recommend that you stop and check signage or call ahead before planning an outing.  If you want to turn your dogs loose to run off leash, you will need to visit one of the area’s designated dog parks.

I think dog parks are a great way to let your dogs burn off some extra energy and even reduce the anxiety that traveling and unfamiliar surroundings and circumstances can cause. I know I put pressure on my dogs to be on their best behavior when I travel, so dog parks are a great place to literally “let loose” and let them be dogs, in a place totally about them.

There are four dog parks in Door County. The first is located in Sturgeon Bay. The Shiloh Road Dog Park is sponsored by the Door County Humane Society and is definitely more of a “locals” park. There is no signage directing you to the dog park; instead, I followed the signs to the Solid Waste Station and Recycling Drop-Off Site.  Yes, I am afraid it is located in the same area as some of the county’s most necessary but unappealing services.  The park itself is a wonderful fenced facility with benches, picnic tables and small shelters. I visited on a rainy April day.

There are also dog parks at the Baileys Harbor Sports Complex, Sister Bay Sports Complex, and in Egg Harbor behind the fire station.