Dog-friendly Crissy Field

Crissy Field

1199 East Beach
San Francisco, California 94129
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Local Phone: (415) 561-4323

The shoreline provides a well-groomed promenade trail, beaches, picnic tables, tidal marsh overlooks, and it is a nationally renowned windsurfing site.

Dogs are allowed to romp off-leash in certain areas of the shoreline; check signage to make sure you're in a legal area and always, always pick up after your dog. (Please be mindful of Wildlife Protection Area and fenced areas.

GGNRA Update 2017: Crissy Field is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service. Bay Area dog owner groups and individuals have long been fighting a new dog management plan that would significantly restrict dogs and their owners from large areas of the GGNRA. Implementation of these new rules are on hold due to legal actions. For now, this one of many on-leash and off-leash areas in the GGNRA we can all still enjoy!

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67
Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67
For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a bright yellow tennis ball from the surf and romping full speed ahead on a sandy beach. But while there’s plenty of sand to share with your leashed pup along California’s 840 miles of coastline, you should know before you go where dogs are and aren’t allowed to get their ya-yas out. Here are a few of our favorite off-leash strands: more »
Enjoying the view, and the freedom. Photo Credit: RACINGMIX (CC)
Enjoying the view, and the freedom. Photo Credit: RACINGMIX (CC)
If the National Park Service’s proposed dog rule goes through, it will constitute the largest single reduction in recreational access for people in the history of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. more »
Join the Mighty Mutt March!
Join dog and recreation lovers from throughout the Bay Area on April 23 for a march and rally to save dog walking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. At this 11th hour, we need to show up in force to protect our access to the places we love: Crissy Field, Fort Funston, Marin Headlands, Rancho Corral de Tierra, Ocean Beach, Muir Beach and others. more »
Photo Credit: Scott Kidder (CC)
Photo Credit: Scott Kidder (CC)
by Sally Stephens

San Francisco Examiner post 3/27/16

Congress created the Golden Gate National Recreation Area “to concentrate on serving the outdoor recreation needs of the people of this metropolitan area.” That’s from the official report of the creation by the U.S. House of Representatives. And that’s also why Congress made it a National Recreation Area — not a National Park.

Yet some people, in a radical reinterpretation of history, are now trying to claim the GGNRA, which includes Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Muir Beach and Crissy Field, was always intended to be a traditional national park. more »
Dog at Fort Funston
Addie headed for fun at Fort Funston. Photo by Heather.
If there’s a more dog-friendly big city than San Francisco, we at certainly don’t know about it. An abundance of open space available to the canine set is one of the City by the Bay’s main attractions for dog lovers. Well behaved pooches are allowed to exercise and socialize off-leash in two dozen places within city limits, including several—Bernal Heights, Crissy Field, Fort Funston—with views to drool over. more »
Dog running at Muir Beach
Dog running on Muir Beach: Photo by Carolyn (CC)
For dog lovers, few sights bring more joy than watching man’s best friend run free and unfettered on a beach. In the Bay Area, one of the top places to enjoy the privilege has always been Muir Beach, a gorgeous strand in Marin County bounded by high bluffs, habitat-sensitive wetlands and a lagoon.

Dogs have always been allowed on leash or under voice control in designated areas here, but they may not be for much longer. The same goes for Baker Beach, parts of Crissy Field, the beach at Fort Funston and the trails at Sweeney Ridge.

Already strict leash laws have been imposed on Rancho Corral de Tierra, a newly acquired, 3,800-acre parcel of undeveloped land near Montara where generations of residents have allowed their dogs to run leash-free. more »
Cavallo Point
Cavallo Point

For 75 years, the Golden Gate Bridge has been the symbol of San Francisco — and one that never grows less beautiful with the passing of time. It's no longer legal to walk over the bridge with a dog, but there are many trails-with-a-view from which to admire it in the city and in adjacent Marin County.  more »

Bull dog at Crissy Feild
The City by the Bay has numerous options for waterfront fun with your dog, chief among them Crissy Field and Fort Funston, both part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area administered by the National Park Service. Crissy Field, a former military air installation, affords romping canines  and their humans splendid views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands and the city skyline.  more »

San Francisco is blessed with dozens of places where dogs under voice control can enjoy responsible leash-free recreation, and many groups of committed dog owners, including the Eco-Dog coalition and the San Francisco Dog Owners Group, are working hard to keep it that way. more »
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