Where Can My Dog be Off-Leash?

Jacobs Island Bark Park
The Jacobs Island Bark Park, 6 acres at the east end of Jacob’s Island Park, has been fenced and double-gated to provide a secure place for owners and their dogs to romp, get the exercise they need, and have fun off-leash. Pet owners can ensure the success of the Bark Park by following a few simple rules:
  • Owners must clean up after their pets immediately
  • No aggressive dogs allowed
  • Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated
  • Report rule infractions to Animal Control 406-541-7387
Fort Missoula Canine Campus
Fort Missoula Canine Campus is a 1/3-acre of fenced area just west of the horseshoe pits to provide a secure place for dog obedience and agility training.

Some Areas on Mount Sentinel and North Hills

Pick up and pack out your dog’s wastes. Leashes are required where posted on Mt. Sentinel, the M trail, and trail sections on the south face. On the North Hills, the first 300 yards of Waterworks trailhead and where posted. Dogs must be under voice restraint in other areas. Voice restraint means that the dog’s owner or custodian is in clear view and personally present within 25 yards of the dog and able to effectively control and recall the dog at all times.

Some Areas on Mount Jumbo
Pick up and pack out your dog’s wastes. North of Saddle is closed to dogs and people from December 1 to April 30, and dogs are allowed off-leash under voice restraint from May 1 to November 30. Voice restraint means that the dog’s owner or custodian is in clear view and personally present within 25 yards of the dog and able to effectively control and recall the dog at all times.

The south side of Saddle is closed to dogs and people from December 1 to March 15, and dogs are allowed off-leash under voice restraint from March 16 to November 30. Lands below Upper Lincoln Hills Drive, Trail to L but not beyond and U.S. West easement above I-90 is open to dogs but dogs must be leashed December 1 to April 30. May 1 to November 30, dogs must be under voice restraint.

USFS Missoula Ranger District Recreation Areas
Pick up and pack out dog waste.

Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Ravine Trail 34
  • December 1 to March 1: No dogs from the southern boundary and up Rattlesnake Creek to Milepost 1.7
  • December 1 to May 16: No dogs in Spring Gulch and Stuart Peak Trail 517
  • Yearlong dog restrictions: Sawmill and Curry Gulch
  • No dog restrictions: Woods Gulch
Pattee Canyon Recreation Area
  • Pick up and pack out your dog’s wastes
  • Northside and Southside Ski Trails (winter)
  • To prevent damage to groomed cross-country ski trails, dogs are prohibited on groomed trails but are allowed on the Deer Creek and Sam Braxton trails
  • No Restrictions: Crazy Canyon west to City of Missoula property
Blue Mountain Recreation Area
  • Pick up and pack out your dog’s wastes
  • No other dog restrictions
  • Large areas especially well-suited for dogs on voice restraint