The Rancho Seco Recreational Area Dog Park is an off-leash dog park near Herald in California. For anyone who loves to connect with the outdoor life, this campsite bordered by a one hundred and sixty-acre lake is the ideal place to get back in touch with nature, and you can take your pooch too.
The recreational area has parking for RV's, pitches for tents, and several docks for launching boats, including one which has handicapped access. There are picnic spots with barbecue facilities and a sandy beach on the shoreline where swimming for humans is permitted.
There's good fishing in the lake with catfish, bluegill, and bass being regular catches. There is a seven-mile-long trail running around the lake and through the parklands, but for conservation reasons and to protect the wildlife, sadly pet parents are not allowed to take their dogs on the trail.
Pets are not permitted in the Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge either. So if pet parents want to indulge in feeding the ducks or fancy going bald eagle spotting, they'll need to find a fur-babysitter. If a pup is accompanying their pet parent on the campsite, whether in a tent or RV, the dog must be leashed and under control at all times unless in the designated off-leash dog park.
Excessive barking should be prevented and the night time quiet hours strictly observed. Howling at the moon, even when full, is frowned on and so is giving out yappy warnings of raccoons raiding the food store of the neighboring tent. Where a dog can let go and be a dog is in the Rancho Seco Recreational Area Dog Park.
This dog park is located just inside the Rancho Seco Recreational Area entrance, past the dam and before the maintenance office. Pet parents should be aware there is a fee of $3 per dog to enter Rancho Seco Recreational Area Dog Park, which is additional to the day use vehicle charge of $12 or any charge paid for either a tent or RV pitch.