Belle Isle Park is one of the most pupular 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 hiking, biking, fishing, sightseeing, and best of all, dog-friendly beaches!
The half-mile stretch of sand that makes up the main Belle Isle Beach offers a great spot to enjoy some summer sun, take a cool dip, or just sit back and people watch. 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.
If the main beach gets too busy, there's heaps of other scenery and fun attractions for you and your pooch to explore. Take a hike along the perimeter of the island on the 6-mile Belle Island Bicycle Trail, or head into the unknown along the many nature trails that wind through wooded areas. Down several paths, you'll find other beach areas to enjoy swimming, sunbathing and even fishing!
It can get quite busy during summer, so you'll need to make sure your pooch is well behaved around people and other pets. Keep your pup leashed at all times, even in the river, and always bring water to share and clean-up bags to promptly pick up after your dog.
Belle Isle is a state park, and while free to bikers and hikers, it requires a recreation passport that's valid for all Michigan state parks for entry by vehicle. Residents can purchase a yearly pass for $12 when they renew their license places, or $17 at any state park gate. Non-residents can choose between a day pass for $9, or a annual pass for $34.
Spend a relaxing day lounging around gorgeous Belle Isle Beach with your pup, and let the tail wagging begin!