Let your dog run free at one of the area’s off-leash dog parks

Explore a dog park in Dane County.
5 reasons to love dogs
Photo by Beth Skogen
Molly, an English bulldog, at Prairie Moraine County Park.

Most of the 275-plus parks in the city of Madison are open to dogs on leashes. That wasn’t the case before a rule change in 2020. Prior to that year, there were heavier restrictions regarding dogs in Madison parks. The city still has 35 dog-free parks, which include places with burial mounds, golf courses, playgrounds and splash pads. But it also has nine special off-leash parks where your dog can socialize.

Dane County Park System allows on-leash dogs at all of its parks, but it has eight off-leash options as well. Dane County Parks was the first park system in the U.S. to create an off-leash dog program. Dogs can run free in Dane County Parks across 268 acres of land.

Madison & Dane County Off-Leash Dog Parks:

  • Anderson Farm County Park, 804 Union Road, Oregon
  • Badger Prairie County Park, 6270 Highway 151, Verona
  • Brittingham Park, 326 S. Broom St.
  • Capital Springs Recreation Area, 3398 Lake Farm Road
  • City of Middleton Dog Exercise Area, 5209 County Highway Q, Middleton
  • City of Sun Prairie Dog Exercise Area, 1025 S. Bird St., Sun Prairie
  • Demetral Park, 2297 Commercial Ave.
  • Indian Lake County Park, 8381 State Highway 19, Cross Plains
  • McCormick Park, 702 N. McCormick Ave.
  • North Star Dog Park, 439 Milky Way
  • Odana School Park, 678 S. Segoe Road
  • Penni Klein Park, 8780 Airport Road
  • Prairie Moraine County Park, 6676 Wesner Road, Verona
  • Quann Park, 1802 Quann-Olin Parkway
  • Sycamore Park, 4517 Sycamore Ave.
  • Token Creek County Park, 6200 Williamsburg Way
  • Viking County Park, 1583 Highway N, Stoughton
  • Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road
  • Warner Park, 2301 Sheridan Drive
  • Yahara Heights County Park, 5428 State Highway 113, Waunakee

Small Dog-Friendly:
Anderson Farm County Park, Badger Prairie County Park, Capital Springs Recreation Area, Odana School Park, Warner Park, Sycamore Park and Token Creek County Park

Private Dog Park:
The Dog Park at BT Farms is a private dog park on Madison’s east side. Guests can schedule appointments in 45-minute slots to explore 3 acres of land.

Park for Dogs (and Their Humans):
The Boneyard combines a dog park and a biergarten. While dogs run off-leash in the park area, owners can sit and socialize over local brews and food cart fare. Even for those without pets, it’s a great spot for dog watching.

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