Austin Parks and Recreation provides several off leash areas for you to enjoy with your dog. Generally, parks are open for public use each day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Access can be limited or affected by events or maintenance issues.

On-Leash vs. Off-Leash

Keep your dog on a leash at all times unless you are in one of Austin's designated off-leash areas. Not sure? Look for signs that say No Leash Area. If there are no signs, your dog should be on a leash. 


Here’s an interactive map of all off-leash areas. When not in these specified off-leash 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. 

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. Learn how how to protect your furry friend at

City Ordinances

While in off-leash areas, please observe these rules:

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

Don't Be a Poop Offender

Each dog in Austin makes roughly ½ pound of poop a day. Pet waste contains worms, protozoa, and fecal coliform bacteria. When it rains, dog feces runs into streams and rivers. Please Scoop the Poop and Leave No Trace.

Become a Bark Ranger

Do you want to learn about Leave No Trace Principles, Outdoor Safety for Pets, and Park Stewardship for Pet Owners? Bark Rangers has a workshop for you! Get involved now at

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.