Clark County has partnered with Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington, or DOGPAW, to develop off-leash areas within county parks and at other sites. DOGPAW has developed rules so off-leash areas remain clean and safe.
DOGPAW is an all-volunteer nonprofit (501)(c)(3) that works with dog owners and the community at large to promote awareness and acceptance and to increase the availability of safe off-leash areas for dogs in Clark County.
Off-leash areas within county parks
- Dakota Memorial Dog Park
(Pacific Community Park)
- Kane Memorial Dog Park
(Hockinson Meadows Community Park)
Other off-leash areas in Clark County
Leash, licensing and scoop laws
Dogs are allowed at most Clark County parks and trails, provided they are leashed and licensed.
Dogs, except for guide dogs and other service animals, are not allowed on the beach areas at Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake Regional Park.
Clark County Code requires all dogs older than 8 weeks to be licensed.
Estimates indicate that Clark County is home to more than 100,000 dogs that generate more than 6,000 tons of dog waste every year.
Clark County Code requires dog owners or handlers to pick up and dispose of their dogs' waste, including in off-leash dog parks.
The county provides dog waste bags at the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail. Dog owners should bring plastic bags with them when visiting other trails and parks.
Violators of leash and scoop laws may be fined up to $250.
- Canines for Clean Water
- Leash and scoop laws, Clark County Community Development
- Clark County Code, 8.11.060(17), Nuisances (scoop law)
- Clark County Code, 9.05.060 Animals and birds