Dog-friendly Marin County

Marin County

Dog Friendly in Marin CountyIn dog-friendly Marin County, just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Rover rules the road. With tens of thousands of dog-friendly acres to roam, including 34 preserves within the Marin County Open Space District, 130 miles of trails managed by the Marin Municipal Water District, and various beaches and trails in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin is made for dogs and their families.
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Make It a Family Affair in Marin

Rusty at Marin Country Mart <br/> Photo Credit: @catpham
Rusty at Marin Country Mart
Photo Credit: @catpham

Marin County it’s been said, has a larger population of dogs than of children. Whether that’s urban legend or fact, residents are definitely known to dote on their four-legged family members. When you bring your family to Marin, you’ll live like a local, enjoying many family-friendly hikes and beaches. We also have found some very “local” dog- and kid-friendly venues for you to check out. more »

Chasing Cascades in the Bay Area

Sunol Regional Wilderness <br/> Photo Credit: @chico_the_boston_terrier
Sunol Regional Wilderness
Photo Credit: @chico_the_boston_terrier

From easy family hikes to certified huffer-puffers, the hills and streams of the San Francisco Bay Area are at their voluptuous best in spring. Short on time but need some fresh air for yourself, your dog and your kids? Head to Fairway Falls, a 30-foot seasonal gusher in Novato reached via a family-friendly, mile-long round trip. more »

Dog-friendly 2018 Events

Corgi Beach Day, Huntington Beach
Corgi Beach Day
Spring is just around the corner and judging from the number of DogTrekkers checking out our California event listings on DogTrekker.com and our mobile app, it would appear that travel planning has begun. Here is a partial list of upcoming events where you and your pup can have lots of tail-waggin’ fun. more »

A Shout-Out to Those Who Helped Make it Happen

Dog Advocates
Dog advocates at victory celebration - Top left: Huey Johnson (Resource Renewal Institute), Christine Corwin (Coastside Dog), Cassandra Fimrite (Marin County DOG), Navi Dhillon (Morrison Foerster), Sally Stephens (SFDog), Chris Carr (Baker Botts), Dave Emanuel (Save Our Recreation), Bottom left: Andrea Buffa (Save Our Recreation), Mel Barti (MCD), Laura Pandapas (MCD), and Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears
Dog advocates who helped defeat the National Park Service’s plan to curtail dog-walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area gathered at Muir Beach for a victory celebration last weekend, and there were lots of smiles and wagging tails on display. Here’s what the leaders of the campaign had to say: more »

GGNRA Dog-Walking Saga: The Backstory

Park users tell it like it is
Park users tell it like it is

With Bay Area populations growing and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) lands being ever more heavily used, the National Park Service (NPS) in 2001, under the guise that dogs were harming wildlife and the environment, first moved to severely reduce the areas where four-legged companions would be allowed, both on-leash and off.

Existing rules defining dog-friendly trails and beaches had been established in 1979, allowing dogs on approximately 1 percent of the 80,000-acre patchwork of public lands spanning three counties. Various iterations of the proposed GGNRA Dog Management Plan were produced in ensuing years. The final draft would have banned dogs from 90 percent of existing off-leash space, half of on-leash trails and all access in the San Mateo County portions of the GGNRA. more »

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Dog Travel Events

Marshall

Bayside Market at Nick's Cove
August 4, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
23240 CA-1, Marshall, California 94940
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Marshall

Bayside Market at Nick's Cove
September 1, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
23240 CA-1, Marshall, California 94940
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Novato

WOOFSTOCK 2018
September 30, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
71 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, California 94949
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San Rafael

Artworks Downtown
August 10, 2018 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1337 4th St., San Rafael, California 94901
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Emergency Services

Rockhound Pets

San Rafael, California 94903
Phone: (415) 971-7863

Fuzzy Pet Healthcare - Marin County

San Rafael, California 94903
Phone: (415) 692-1875

Marin Humane - Lost Dogs
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, California 94949
Phone: (415) 883-4621


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