Let Your Pup Play at These 9 Metro Detroit Dog Parks

Acres and acres of fun await
Lyon Oaks Dog Park
Dottie the English Setter enjoys a visit to Lyon Oaks Dog Park. // Photograph courtesy of Instagram user @mperry8910

Whether your Great Dane needs to stretch their legs or your shih tzu could benefit from a new furry friend, these metro Detroit dog parks offer plenty of space to run, play, and fetch. Details on each park are below, and you can follow the links for more information on rules and requirements related to memberships, entrance fees, vaccinations, and more.

Lyon Oaks Dog Park 

Open sunrise to sunset, Lyon Oaks offers 13-acres of fun, all year round. With wide-open fields, this park is a fetch fanatic’s dream come true. If you hate the cold but your pup loves the snow, take solace in one of their covered shelters while your pet runs free. Lyon Oaks Dog Park, 52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom; 248-585-0906; oakgov.com

Detroit Dog Park

Offering great city views, as well as tons of space to get your pup moving, the Detroit Dog Park is great for local dogs who need a place to play. Its location makes it a good alternative for dog owners in the city who may not have an expansive backyard. Detroit Dog Park, 2699 Rose St., Detroit; detroitmi.gov

Mark Twain Dog Park

Founded by the Friends of Mark Twain group, this Royal Oak park was created to provide a safe, clean spot for dogs in the city to socialize. The park offers waste bags and trash cans, but it’s highly recommended that visitors bring their own water. Fees vary for this park depending on where you live. Mark Twain Dog Park, 32380 N. Campbell Road, Royal Oak; romi.gov

Grand Circus Dog Park

Come one, come all, Grand Circus Dog Park is open to the public seven days a week all year. For eight years, the park has offered a safe, free spot for locals to bring their vaccinated dogs for a day of fun, fetch, and new friends. The park has also hosted events like Doggy Prom, Single Mingle, and a karaoke night. Grand Circus Dog Park, 2-98 E. Adams Ave., Detroit; downtowndetroitparks.com

Novi Dog Park

Although it requires a membership, this 3-acre dog park is worth the fees. The park features a separate area for shy or petite dogs who may feel more comfortable in their own smaller space. Utilized by over 400 families each year, Novi Dog Park is a great place for your furry friend to make a new pal. Novi Dog Park, 42390 Nick Lidstrom Dr., Novi; cityofnovi.org

Orion Oaks Dog Park 

This doggy hot spot is perfect for pups with outdoorsy owners. The park includes a 24-acre fenced area as well as access to Lake Sixteen and various hiking trails. The lake’s dock allows for easy access thanks to its ramps. Additionally, the park is open for dog-friendly events. Orion Oaks Dog Park, 2301 W. Clarkston Road, Lake Orion; 248-8588-0906; oakgov.com

Karner Farm Dog Park

With three separate spaces — one section for small dogs, one section for all dogs, and one for people and dogs with physical limitations — this nearly 4-acre dog park provides plenty of room for playtime. Permits are required for park entry. Farner Farm Dog Park, 5911 Halsted Road, West Bloomfield; wbparks.com

Cady Street Dog Park 

This friendly, neighborhood dog park is great for dogs who are already socialized but thrive in smaller spaces. The completion of a 30-minute course is required for owners to gain park membership. The park is open year-round and a great location whether your pup loves the summer sun or the colder months. Cady Street Dog Park, located behind 215 W. Cady St., Northville; northvilleparksandrec.org

Milford Dog Park

Through local fundraising and a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Authority’s Public Spaces Community Places program, a much-needed dog park was born in Milford. Your dog must have a current license to enter the park, which is located at the General Motors Road hiking trailhead. Milford Dog Park, located at the corner of General Motors and Milford Road; villageofmilford.org