Clark County has partnered with Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington (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) organization 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.
Program update - March 2016
Dog lovers have an opportunity to help create a new off-leash area in east Vancouver.
On March 29, 2016, the Board of County Councilors unanimously approved an agreement with DOGPAW to develop a dog park on a county-owned parcel at Northeast 192nd Avenue and Northeast Ninth Street. The 10.8-acre property is west of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and south of the Harmony Sports Complex.
DOGPAW will be responsible for developing the site with fencing, a double-gated entry and other amenities, as well as providing ongoing maintenance of the site.
DOGPAW does not have a firm timeline for making the necessary improvements and opening the area for public use. The group is accepting contributions to defray costs. Donations can be made by contacting Mark Watson at (360) 896-4341 or email@example.com.
Off-leash areas within county parks
- Dakota Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park
(Pacific Community Park)
- Kane Memorial Dog Park
(Hockinson Meadows Community Park)
Other off-leash areas in Clark County
- Lucky Dog Park – Brush Prairie
- Ross Dog Park – Hazel Dell
- Ridgefield Off-Leash Area
- Stevenson Off-Leash Dog Park, 2801 Addy St., Washougal (scheduled to close April 29, 2017)
Leash and scoop laws
Dogs are allowed at most Clark County parks and trails, provided they are leashed. Dogs, except for guide dogs and other service animals, are not allowed on the beach areas at Klineline Pond and Vancouver Lake Regional Park.
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, 8.15.020, Dog leash areas
Clark County Code, 8.11.060(17), Nuisances (scoop law)
Clark County Code, 9.05.060 Animals and birds