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 

"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 2016/2017 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 2016/2017 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 2016/2017 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.


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