Belle Isle Park is one of the most popular state parks anywhere in Michigan, and it's not hard to see why. Situated on the Detroit River between Michigan and Ontario, this island park boasts 982 acres of attractions and recreational opportunities, including a popular stretch of beach. Best of all, dogs are welcome to explore the park on a leash.
The half-mile stretch of sand that makes up Belle Isle Beach offers a grrr-eat spot to enjoy some summer sun, take a dip to cool off, or just sit back and people watch for a little while. You can even rent kayaks and other watercraft at the nearby Flynn Pavilion, but the best way to enjoy this beautiful, open space is to simply relax and go exploring with your furry friend.
It can get quite busy during summer, however, so you'll need to make sure your pooch is well behaved around people and other pets. Also, make sure to clean up after your pet and show courtesy to other park users.
If you get tired of feeling sand between your toes, there's heaps of other scenery and fun attractions for you and your pooch to explore. You can start by taking a hike along one of many nature trails that wind through rare wet-mesic forest, giving your pet a chance to stop and sniff any interesting smells they come across. After that you might like to enjoy a picnic lunch, let your kids loose on one of the awesome playgrounds scattered around the island, or maybe do a spot of fishing.
Belle Isle Park is just a five-minute drive from downtown Detroit, so it's easy to get to for many visitors. Take note that vehicles entering the park require a recreation pass (you can get an $11 annual pass for all Michigan Department of Natural Resources parks) but passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders get in free.