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The area's dog parks are a great way to let your pets burn a few calories while having fun outdoors.

Milwaukee area dog park guide




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on April 4, 2010 at 11:04 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


When it's a long, cold winter, sometimes our pets suffer as well. Arctic temperatures and snowy conditions can inevitably mean fewer walks and less exercises for dogs.

We're sure Fido is just as excited as you are that spring is here. The area's dog parks are a great way to let your pets burn a few calories while having fun outdoors.

Before you and your pups head to the park, however, check out these simple etiquette tips:

  • Make sure to bring something (like a pooper scooper or bags) to pick up the mess your dog makes. Always clean up after your dog.
  • Bring some water for your dog and a leash (just in case.)
  • Don't bring your dog if it is aggressive.
  • Don't let your pets wander too far. Always keep an eye on them.
  • If the park is near a residential area, minimize the barking.

Here are a few parks your pet might enjoy in the greater Milwaukee area.

Cedar Lake Wayside Off leash Dog Area
Hwy NN and County Hwy Z, West Bend
Size: 3 acres
Type: Not fenced
Hours: Open April 1 - Nov. 15
Fees: None

Dog Exercise Area at Currie Park
3535 N. Mayfair Rd.
Size: 1.5 acres
Type: Fenced
Fees: None

Estabrook Dog Park
Wilson Drive & Estabrook Parkway
Size: 3 acres
Type: Fenced
Hours: Open dusk until dawn
Fee: $20 annual fee for first dog, $10 fee for each additional dog

Granville Dog Park
West Good Hope Road & the Menomonee River
Type: Fenced off-leash dog park
Hours: Open 7 a.m. until dusk
Fees: None

Katherine K. Carpenter Dog Park
801 W. Zedler Ln., Mequon
Size: 35 acres
Type: Not fenced
Fees: None

Minooka Dog Park
1927 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha
Size: 3.8 acres (small dogs) and 11.9 acres (big dogs)
Type: Fenced
Hours: Open sunrise until 10 p.m.
Fees: Parking fee -- $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends or $25 annually (residents) or $36 (non-residents)

Mitchell Park Off Leash Dog Area
Mitchell Park Drive off River Road, Brookfield
Size: 14 acres
Type: Not fenced
Fees: None

Muttland Meadows Dog Park (at Lime Kiln Park)
2020 S. Green Bay Rd., Grafton
Size: 6 acres
Type: Fenced off-leash park
Fees: None

Nashotah Dog Park
W330 N5113 County Trunk Highway C, Nashotah
Size: 14.5 acres
Type: Fenced
Hours: Open sunrise until 10 p.m.
Fees: $3 parking fee on weekdays and $5 parking fee on weekends and holidays

Runway Dog Park
1214 E. Rawson Ave., Oak Creek
Type: Fenced
Hours: Open dawn until dusk
Fees: $20 annually or $5 day use pass (dogs must also be licensed)

Waukesha Dog Run (at Roosevelt Park)
Comanche and MacArthur Rd., Waukesha
Type: Not fenced
Fees: Owners of dogs are required to purchase a permit prior to use of the dog exercise area. Permit may be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Office.

Talkbacks

alba | April 8, 2010 at 10:03 a.m. (report)

If Estabrook Park is too far away for Eastsiders, you can take your dog to the unofficial off-lease dog park in Riverside Park just northwest of the Urban Ecology Center.

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larsche3 | April 5, 2010 at 2:35 p.m. (report)

It seems strange there is nothing in the east side/brady/downtown areas. This area of the city contains small yards/apartments leaving not much space for the dogs to run. It would be nice to see something in the future.

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Hckyboy00 | April 5, 2010 at 11:09 a.m. (report)

it helps if you note that the $20 fee is for a dog license, and that applies to every Milwaukee country dog park.

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