Parks and Recreation

Off-Leash Dog Areas

Anchorage has seven areas within popular parks dedicated to off-leash dog activity.  The map and descriptions below outline each location's guidelines. . Map of Off-Leash Dog Areas

- Arctic Benson Park, Connors Bog, Russian Jack Springs Park, and the South Anchorage Sports Park have designated off-leash areas.

- University Lake Park and Far North Bicentennial Park have designated off-leash trails only

Regulations For All Anchorage Off-Leash Dog Areas 

  • Dogs must be legally licensed and have a current rabies vaccination. Visit this website to learn about licensing your dog.
  • 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​.
  • 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.
  • Be respectful of the wildlife living in the park and the lakes. 
  • Be aware of lakes with posted signs prohibiting dogs from swimming. This is to protect both pets and wildlife!  

Area-Specific Regulations 

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. Be respectful of wildlife and other park users. Swimming by dogs and/or their people is prohibited to protect nesting birds and a very active beaver community. Beavers can be extremely aggressive during mating season and while protecting kits.

Good "Petiquette"

Areas designated for off-leash dog use are shared by many park users, including skiers, walkers, runners, bikers, and other members of the community. Please practice courteous behavior and good "petiquette”. 

Here are some simple ways to that can be done to keep off-leash areas enjoyable for everyone:

  • Keep your dog in sight and under control at all times.
  • Always carry a leash.
  • Bring poop scoop bags from home to clean up after your pet.  Please help by picking up extra. 
  • 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 restrain it from interfering with other people and their dogs (especially leashed ones), if the behavior is unwanted.
  • Be respectful of wildlife living in parks, near lakes and in surrounding areas.
  • Properly dispose of all trash, including treats, toys, and pet waste. 

Remember, you are fully responsible for your dog and its actions.  

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