Parks and Recreation

Off Leash Dog Areas

Seven popular park areas have been designated for off-leash dog activity in Anchorage. The designated areas are within the following locations: 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

Off-Leash Dog Areas - Rules and Regulations

  • 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 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.
  • Be respectful of the wildlife living in the park and the lakes. 
  • The lakes with posted signs prohibiting dogs swimming in them is there to protect them as well as you and your pet.

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. Be respectful of the wildlife we share the park with. Swimming by dogs and/or their people is prohibited as the lake has nesting birds and a very active beaver community. Beaver can be extremely aggressive during mating season and/ or protecting their pups.

/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:

  • 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.  Even responsible dog owners get distracted.
  • 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).
  • Be respectful of the wildlife living in the park, lakes and surrounding areas.
  • Properly dispose of all garbage in cans or take it home with you.

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

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