As the only one of the five Great Lakes to be located entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan has long been a favorite destination for visitors from all over the nation. Covering more than 22,000 square miles, the lake offers a host of memorable boating and fishing opportunities. But when you find an off-leash dog beach where your furry friend can take a dip in the cooling waters of the lake, you know you've found something very special, indeed.
Located in Highland Park, Illinois, Moraine Park Dog Beach is a mutts-visit for any pooch that loves taking to the water. If your pooch loves swimming, off-leash exploring and socializing with other canines, this is the beach for you.
It's an ideal spot for your pet to take a refreshing dip in the warmer months, or to just sniff and roam around the sand as they enjoy an hour or two exploring at their own pace. Of course, if your dog prefers to take it easy, they're more than welcome to just plop themselves down on the sand beside you. The park also offers some pretty spectacular views out over Lake Michigan, so it's a lovely spot to sit back and watch the world go by.
It's worth pointing out that the beach is open from approximately mid-April until mid-November, but the exact opening and closing dates vary depending on the weather. When visiting the park, you'll need to follow all posted rules and make sure that you always clean up after your pet. Ensuring that your pet is well socialized and knows how to interact with other dogs is also a must.
If you can be a responsible beach goer, you and your pooch will have a grrr-eat time at Moraine Dog Beach and Park, so make sure you check it out whenever you're next in this part of the world.