The Howarth Park Dog Beach is a stretch of beach which is part of the Howarth Park in the city of Everett, Washington. Vehicle parking is available relatively nearby in two different lots.
The Howarth Park Dog Beach is a designated section at the north end of the main beach in Howarth Park. It is the only part of the beach, main park, or trails where dogs are permitted to be off-leash. The dog beach can be accessed via a wooden railway footbridge near the parking lot. Caution should be exercised by pet owners when using the off-leash beach as parts of the railway line run adjacent and are not fenced off.
Howarth Park Dog Beach is a natural, though, quite narrow stretch of coastline which can be under water at high tide. At low tide, the dog beach is sandy but strewn with algae covered rocks. The tides also carry in driftwood which can be useful for impromptu games of fetch. There is no special section for small dogs. Care should also be taken when allowing pets to swim in the waves as the surf can be dangerous for the smaller breeds.
The Everett local authorities are quite strict on dog control. The park and beaches areas are patrolled by wardens. Dogs must be on a leash at all times other than when on the off-leash beach. Failure to comply with this rule can incur a fine of $250. All dogs must also have the correct license and have current vaccinations.
Pet owners are required to provide their own supply of poop bags, must pick up after their dogs, and make sure all waste is disposed of correctly. Failure to do so puts the off-leash beach area in danger of being closed by the authorities, so comply with the rules and help keep it open for other users and their dogs to enjoy. There is no fresh water supply provided at the dog beach so go prepared with bottled water and drinking bowl.