Although parks are primarily "people places" with some wildlife, the only additional animals that may be brought into the parks are pet dogs– and only in non-restricted areas.
County Ordinance 47.06 applies
"No Dogs Allowed" in posted areas
Service dogs are exempt from this regulation
These areas include
- Beaches – including Bender, Bradford, Grant, McKinley, South Shore, and Tietjen (Doctors)
- Picnic Areas
- Children's Play Areas
- Athletic Fields
The 2018 Milwaukee County fine for having your dog in a prohibited area is $200.50.
Dogs must be on a strong leash
The leash should be no longer than 6 feet and strong enough to restrain your dog. Your dog must be under control at all times.
The 2018 Milwaukee County fine for not having your dog leashed is $200.50.
Note: at the Dog Exercise Areas your dog must be under voice control or be leashed.
Clean up after your dog
When you take your dog to a park or parkway, bring a means for cleaning up after your dog (scooper, bag, etc.). You must pick up your dog's waste immediately, wrap it properly, and dispose of it at your home.
The 2018 Milwaukee County fine for not cleaning up after your dog is $200.50.
If you violate any of these rules, a police officer, deputy sheriff, or park ranger may give you a citation. Even if he or she did not observe you, the officer may give you a citation based on the report of a person who saw the violation.