Dog-Friendly Parks and Nature Areas

Arthur Dodd Memorial Park

Pets allowed on 7 foot leash, and not within 50' of any beach area.
From Eau Claire, take M-62 east 4.7 miles, then south 4.7 miles on Indian Lake Rd, bear right and follow Creek Rd to Arthur Dodd Memorial Park.


Fred Russ Forest

Pets allowed on 7 foot leash, can walk on trails.
Located 8 miles east of Dowagiac at the intersection of Marcellus Highway and Decatur Road.


Grand Mere State Park & Nature Area

Dogs allowed with 6 foot leash on trails, not allowed on the beach. Approximately half-mile hike from parking lot over dune to beach.
I-94 exit 22, west on Grand Mere Rd, then south 7/10 mile on Thorton Dr. Follow signs.


Kal Haven Trail State Park

Pets must be kept on leash.
South Haven
I-196 exit 20, then west on Phoenix Rd 6/10 mile, then north 1/2 mile on Bailey Ave. Follow signs to trailhead parking.


Madeline Bertrand County Park

Dogs allowed on 6 foot leash.
Connect to US-31 south around Berrien Springs to US-12. Take US-12 east towards Niles. After crossing the St. Joseph River turn right (south) onto Third Street at the traffic light. Follow Third Street south approximately 2.25 miles to Ontario Road. Turn right onto Ontario Road and follow the directional signs to the park entrance on Adams Road.


Silver Beach County Park

Pets are permitted on a leash and must remain on the hard surface walkways.
St. Joseph
From I-94 east or west, take Exit 27 MI 63/Niles Avenue to downtown St. Joseph and follow signs to Silver Beach County Park.



TK Lawless Park

Pets allowed on 7 foot leash, and not within 50' of any beach area.
From Cassopolis, travel east 7.4 miles on M-60, then south 1.1 mile on Lewis Lake Rd, then east on Monkey Run to entrance.



Van Buren State Park

Dogs allowed on trails and walkways on leash, but not permitted in buildings, swimming areas or on the beach.
South Haven
I-196 exit 18, north 1/10 mile on M-140, then west 7/10 mile on 14th Ave, then south 1.4 miles on Blue Star Hwy> Take Ruggles Road entrance to Park.



Warren Dunes State Park

Dogs allowed on 2-mile non-swimming beach area. Park in north lot and walk north. Not allowed on swimming beach or near dunes.
I-94 Exit 16, three miles southeast of Bridgman on Red Arrow Hwy.



Warren Woods State Park

Dogs allowed on trails.
Three Oaks
I-94 exit 6, then east 2.7 miles on Elm Valley Rd.