Chugiak is an unincorporated community in Alaska and a twin brother of Eagle River. Nestled on the northeastern edge of the Chugach Mountains, this friendly district is open to tourists from all over the world who are eager to explore mountains and forests. Travelers with pooches are very welcome as well! The community features a dog park, as well as a number of public parks with trails. A short ride (about 15 minutes) west will reveal more opportunities and pet-friendly places in Anchorage. There are also three veterinary clinics in Chugiak.
Chugiak Dog Park on Tenada Avenue is a marvelous place to come and play with your buddy off-leash. The place is fully fenced and features agility equipment for drills and exercises -- the best solution for those who do not have a backyard and need some room for their active mutt to run! This park isn't usually crowded, but you may find some locals playing with their pups here.
You will also find several public parks dotted along Glenn Highway on the way to Anchorage. Schroeder Park and Eagles River Town Square Park are nice facilities to have a mindful, leashed walk with Fido.
If you decide to explore the opposite side of Knik Arm, head to the southern region of Wasilla, where you'll find the expansive area of Lucile Lake. Although your pup is welcome to sniff around the lake on-leash, there's a place for him to play off-leash here: Lucile Lake Dog Park. This park features a tall fence and plenty of room to play fetch with your, or chase and frolic with some new canine companions! There are plenty of trees to sniff and bark at, but there aren't usually many visitors to play with, which is just pawfect for shy pups. Grab some toys and have a furrific day with your dog at this wonderful lakeside park!
Russian Jack Park is one of the western neighborhoods in Anchorage, and is located just a 5-minute walk from downtown. Centered on the namesake park, the borough offers a lot of recreational spots and places to find a retreat with family and friends, both of the human and canine variety! Russian Jack Dog Park is an off-leash area dedicated to canines in the northeast corner of Russian Jack Springs Park. This is a fully fenced, amazing park with agility equipment, benches, and shade to keep both pups and their parents comfortable. Keep in mind that pooches should stay on-leash when outside the dog park.
U-MED District is an Anchorage neighborhood featuring two major academic facilities: the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University. There are several residential quarters nearby as well. Surprisingly enough, the area is pet-friendly and boasts one of the coolest canine areas in the city – University Lake Dog Park. This unfenced park offers easy access to the water and multiple walking trails circling around the lake to explore with Fido. Feel free to let your buddy off their leash, but be sure to keep him under voice control to avoid disturbing animals in their natural habitat.
Anchorage is one of the major cities in Alaska, and almost every neighborhood has something to offer travelers with pooches and locals with fur children. North Star is no exception! Set directly south of downtown, the neighborhood includes residential quarters and a variety of pet-friendly eateries as well as Arctic/Benson Park. This public park has a specially designated, fully fenced dog park with a roomy area and plenty of furry visitors to play with. If your tummies are growling after all that playing, visit Tommy’s Burger Stop, a casual eatery with juicy burgers and a pet-friendly patio.
Spenard is an expansive neighborhood in Anchorage which also functions as a separate community. This borough is infused with a bohemian spirit, and boasts plenty of writers, artists, and cultural events. It's also home to an immensely pawpular dog park! Anchorage Dog Park is a woof-derful pet-friendly asset near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport with a huge area to explore with Fido! The dog park is mostly occupied by bog and swampland, so beware of mosquitoes, especially in summer. But don't let that scare you away! Your mutt will love the chance to hike along the trails and dip his paws in the small lake.