Dog parks in Madison, WI

A white lab laying under a shady tree at Prairie Moraine.

Your amped-up pup is telling you it needs more acreage and less AC. | Photo by @teddy_pickle_pants

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They say a tired dog is a good dog. Luckily, Madison’s dog parks were basically made to turn a fuzzy ball of energy into a sleepy car ride home.

Be warned: you’ll have to study up (just a little) to make the most of a fun, safe trip with your dog. Let’s blitz through some basic etiquette:

🐾 Madison Parks has nine off-leash dog parks, and Dane County Parks has eight. You’ll need a dog park permit + dog license to access them. Apply via each office’s website (Madison + Dane County).

🐾 Make sure your pup is up on vaccinations.

🐾 Bring your own water to avoid disease transmission.

🐾 Always clean up after Fidojust think of the nice white shoes they could ruin.

🐾 Watch your dog: stay with them at all times.

🐾 Know the signs of heat stroke, such as excessive panting, excessive drooling, and dehydration. Make sure you know where to find shade + water.

Now you’re ready for a howling good time.

Prairie Moraine

6679 Wesner Rd., Verona

5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

🐕 The two-mile loop is perfect for an early morning dog hike. Watch out for stumps + rocky ground.

Quann Park

Goodman Park Facilities building + Expo Way (Parking)

🐩 With access to Wingra Creek + a reservable tennis complex, Quann is the perfect all-day outing. Check the City website for days the main dog park is closed for events at Alliant Energy Center.

MRD Dog Exercise Area

5209 County Highway Q

8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

🦮 A $5 visitors permit gives you access to mowed trails, a shade shelter, and a fenced agility course.

Picnic Point

2000 University Bay Dr., Madison

Sunrise-sunset daily

🐕‍🦺 Dogs are permitted on-leash along the hiking trails.

Viking County Park

1583 County Hwy. N, Stoughton

5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

🐩 Situated on a peninsula with two dog beaches along the Yahara River, plus a reservable picnic area.