The Mountain Lake Park Off-Leash Dog Area is a section of the Mountain Lake public park in San Francisco, California. Parking for vehicles is on the streets in the surrounding neighborhood and can be limited at times. This lovely dog area is an unfenced field on the eastern side of the main park. The entrance to the off-leash dog park is clearing signposted as is the boundary limit and dogs are required to be on their leash when in any other part of the park.
The Mountain Lake Park Off-Leash Dog Area measures approximately one acre and is surfaced with a thick layer of bark chippings. It is backed by a line of tall, mature trees and some smaller shrubbery. Park benches have been strategically placed under them to make the most of any shade for pet owners, though the dog play area is very open to the elements. Pet owners planning to exercise their dogs here should note that there is no perimeter fence and dogs which have not been fully trained to come to command can run away quite easily.
Fresh water for dogs is supplied via a hose and drinking bowls are also provided. Pet owners should note the water in the off-leash area is safe for dog consumption but is non-potable for humans. There are other water fountains installed around the main park which offer water for human consumption.
There may be poop bags available in the dispenser at the entrance to the off-leash play area, but it is recommended for pet owners to take their own supply, pick up all feces generated by their dogs, and dispose of it with responsibility in the containers provided. Also, pet owners should be aware, that although Mountain Lake Park Off-Leash Dog Area is in an urban location, coyote warnings are posted in the park, which means extra vigilance is required when letting small breeds off their leashes.