Where Can My Dog be Off-Leash?

Remember...

City ordinance requires that dogs must be leashed on all city streets, trails, and parks. Pet owners must immediately remove their pet’s waste from public spaces.

Dogs may be off-leash and under voice control in the following areas:



Jacobs Island Bark Park


6 S. Van Buren. 6 acres at the east end of Jacob’s Island Park has been fenced on three sides 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.The park is bordered by the Clark Fork River and the riverbank is not fenced.

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

Playfair Park Pup Pen

3001 Bancroft. Fenced area just west of the basketball courts at Playfair Park provides a secure place for dog obedience and agility training.



Fort Missoula Canine Campus


October, 2016 update: Fort Missoula's Canine Campus is closed for construction of Phase 2 of Fort Missoula Regional Park.  A new dog park is planned for Phase 2 and is projected to open in 2018.

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, dogs must be leashed on the first 300 yards of Waterworks trail 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 the Saddle Road 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 the Saddle Road 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, the "L" trail (but not beyond) and U.S. West easement above I-90 is open to dogs, however, dogs must be leashed December 1 to April 30. From 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

Downloadable brochure

Dog Owners Guide