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Off-Leash Dog Areas

In 2003, a number of areas were established for off-leash dog activity in Anchorage. The designated areas are within the following locations:

  • University Lake Park
  • Far North Bicentennial Park (North Gasline Trail)
  • Russian Jack Park
  • Connors Bog
  • South Anchorage Sports Park (Future American Legion Fields)
 Off-Leash Dog Areas - Rules and Regulations
  • Dogs must be legally licensed and have a current rabies vaccination.  
  • Dogs must be leashed upon entering and leaving the off-leash dog areas.  
  • Classified dogs and female dogs in heat are prohibited.  
  • The owner or custodian of the dog must remain in the dog area with the dog.  
  • Dogs must be under control as defined in Title 17.  
  • Dog feces must be cleaned up by the dog owner or custodian.  
  • Holes dug by dogs must be filled by the dog owner or custodian.  
  • Owners or custodians are responsible for all actions of their dogs. 
Additional Rules and Regulations for Specific Areas

Connor’s Bog

  • Off-leash activity shall be restricted to the designated area once ski-joring trails are groomed.

University Lake

  • Specific trails within this park may be closed to off-leash use on a seasonal basis. Such trails will be clearly posted.
Good Petiquette

Areas designated for off-leash dog use are shared by many park users including skiers, walkers, runners, bikers, and others.  Because these areas are truly multi-use, it is important to exhibit courteous behavior or “good petiquette”.  There are some simple things that can be done to make off-leash areas enjoyable for all users including:

  • Always carry a leash (if you need it, you have it).
  • Bring poop scoop bags from home to clean up after your pet.  Please help by picking up extra.  Even responsible dog owners get distracted.
  • Keep you dog in sight and under control at all times.
  • Control excessive barking.
  • Off-leash areas are shared for a variety of activities so please be respectful of other users.  Keep your dog controlled and from interfering with other people and their dogs (especially leashed ones).
  • Properly dispose of all garbage in cans or take it home with you.
  • Remember, you are fully responsible for your dog and his actions.
    • Animal Care & Control
    • Manager: Dr. Myra Wilson
    • 4711 Elmore Road, Anchorage, AK 99507
    • (907)343-8122