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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:

See links to the right to obtain an individual Adobe Map of each Park Area.

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.

Off-Leash Dog Areas - 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