The Parks and Recreation Department operates 12 off leash areas in Austin for you to enjoy with your dog. In general, all parks are open for public use each day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted. At times, access is limited or affected by events or maintenance issues.

Be Aware of Harmful Algae

Certain types of algae can produce toxins that can harm or kill dogs. These algae have been found in Lady Bird Lake and are most likely to be present during summer and fall. Visit to learn how to protect your furry friend.

Report Park Issues

To report any park non-emergency issues, call 3-1-1, or visit the 3-1-1 website to submit a maintenance concern online. For all park emergencies, call 9-1-1.

City Ordinances

While in off leash areas, please observe these rules:

  • Dogs must be within sight and sound control of Owners/handlers at all times
  • Dogs in heat are not allowed in off-leash areas
  • Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs as required by State Law
  • Owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs and deposit waste into a trash can
  • Aggressive dogs must be removed from public spaces immediately

When not in these specified areas, the Austin leash ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet on all City land. The maximum fine for not following this ordinance is $500.


Click picture below to view interactive application of off-leash dog areas.

Off-Leash Dog Areas