There are six state parks in the Haines Area of Alaska where pet owners can take their dogs. While Alaska is a state which welcomes dogs, it prefers them to be leashed rather than on the loose. Considering the wilderness aspect of most of the Haines Area State parks and the varied wildlife they contain, dogs are much safer being on a leash.
There are fees payable for taking vehicles into the parks, camping and launching boats. An annual parking permit costs $50, or $10 per day. Boat launch permits carry a charge of $100 for one year or $10 per day. Camping charges vary between $10 a night to $45 a night depending on the type of site selected. Yearly permits are valid for all Alaska State Parks, not just the Haines Area.
Of the six parks, the nine-thousand acre Chilkat State Park is the biggest. This park has over eighty campsites ranging from primitive to all facility hook-ups for RVs. Three trails offer visitors hiking of various grades along coastal areas, through woodlands, and with some stunning scenic views.
Visitors to the park's information center can view the two glaciers, Rainbow and Davidson, through the panoramic windows as well as spot porpoises and whales out at sea. The best Haines Area State Park for kayaking and canoeing is the Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site.
This is also a popular place for salmon fishing from June through to the middle of October. Pet owners should be aware that salmon not only draw fishermen to the area but bears too. Dogs should be kept leashed for their own safety and owners should brush up on their bear etiquette to prevent any untoward occurrences.
All the Haines Area State Parks offer great outdoor recreational facilities, and any fur baby will be more than happy to accompany their pet parent on an adventure to them. Yes, they can be off-leash while out in the backcountry but need to know how to heed voice commands before they're unleashed.