We’re well into the Dog Days of Summer now, and the temperatures are soaring. Your furry best friend may be content lounging in a shady spot at home on the hot afternoons but the cool mornings are the perfect time to get out and play! Dogs in Clark County are truly some of the luckiest dogs because we have the best doggy playgrounds around. And the best part is that they are just for dogs!
Dogs want to go with their humans everywhere, but they aren’t always welcome and sometimes it’s just not safe. Also what fun is it be on a leash when you want to explore? Because of some dedicated local dog owners who believe dog parks bring value to our communities, we have some amazing places for dogs to run, fetch, sniff, and roll.
DOGPAW is a non-profit group of dog owners who create and maintain off-leash dog parks in SW Washington. Each park is a K-9 Memorial Park named for fallen K-9 officers. The parks are all securely fenced and enclosed with features like shade, dog drinking fountains, small dog areas, and dog rinse off areas.
Dakota Memorial Dog Park
(at Pacific Community Park)
1515 NE 164th Ave, Vancouver
Features: ½ mile trail, small dog area, dog drinking fountain, dog rinse off area, restrooms
Kane Memorial Dog Park
(at Hockinson Meadows Community Park)
10910 NE 172nd Ave, Brush Prairie
Features: 1/5 mile trail, dog drinking fountain, forested areas and shade
Lucky Memorial Dog Park
10100 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie
Features: small dog area, dog water spigot, and access to the Lauretta Noreen Forest Preserve (leash your furry friends through here)
Ike Memorial Dog Park
(at Ross Substation)
5167 NE 15th Ave, Hazel Dell
Features: largest dog park (10 acres), ¾ mile trail, small dog area, dog drinking fountain
Remember to obey leash, licensing, and scoop laws. Dogs are allowed at most Clark County parks and trails if they are leashed and licensed. Dogs, except for guide dogs and other service animals, are not allowed on the beach areas at Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Clark County Code requires all dogs older than 8 weeks to be licensed. Find County pet licensing information here.
Check with DOGPAW for park updates and rules.
New posted COVID-19 rules:
Remember to practice social distancing.
For owners who don’t want others to touch their dog:
. Use the park when less busy.
. Keep your dog near you.
. Use sanitizing wipes or bathe your dog afterwards if touched.