In Michigan, you can bring your furry friends along when you visit certain state parks and campgrounds, state forest campgrounds, state-managed harbors, state-designated trails, and boat launches. Just keep in mind that there might be some restrictions and some of the rules change according to the season.

There are some situations where you won’t be able to bring your pets. These include designated swim beaches where pets are not allowed, areas that are protected for endangered species, and any areas that are specifically marked as off-limits for pets.

Another important thing to note is that even when your pets are enjoying a dip in the water, they still need to be leashed. Michigan requires a 6-foot leash for pets, even when they are in the water. This rule helps ensure everyone’s safety and prevents any potential mishaps.

Where can you find pet-friendly state park beaches in Metro Detroit? There are more than 35 places to take your fur friend for a swim.  From Algonac and Mears, to Silver Lake. Here are 4 state parks that are not too far from Metro Detroit.

  • Brighton Recreation Area

    Brighton Recreation Area in Livingston County is a wonderful destination for dog owners. Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails and a portion of the shoreline, Chilson Pond. You and your beloved furry companion can explore numerous miles of trails that offer a mix of varying and elevated hills and beautiful lakes.

  • Dodge #4 State Park

    Just outside the swimming area, Dodge #4 State Park features a specially designated beach where pets are welcome. Additionally, it offers a sandy beach and a stretch of one mile along the shoreline of Cass Lake.

  • Holly Recreation

    Located south of the designated swim beach, there is a stretch of shoreline along Heron Lake where dogs can swim. The park covers 8,007 acres of rolling woodlands and fields, offering a wide range of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, boating, disc golf, fishing, and mountain biking.

  • Proud Lake Recreation Area

    Dogs have the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing swim along the shorelines of the Huron River and Proud Lake. It’s located right on the gorgeous Huron River and offers an abundance of recreational options for everyone.

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