Local Dog Parks

One of our favorite things to do is play at local dog parks with our furry friends, and we feel truly blessed to have such an amazing selection at our fingertips.  Whether your pup needs a fully fenced enclosure or you both enjoy off leash dog hiking, there’s a perfect park for you!

 

James O. Breen aka West Side Community Dog Park

Campton Hills and Peck Roads, St. Charles
Hours of Operation: Sunrise – Sunset
Permits: None (currently)
Size/Breed Restrictions: None

Review:  Nestled behind the water park and the sports fields of James O. Breen Park is a large fenced in dog park.  What I like about this park is that it has 3 separate enclosures, one for small dogs, a medium sized area with agility equipment for small dogs, shy dogs, or dogs in training, and a large area for pups of all shapes and sizes to play in.  You will encounter a lot of regulars at this park so if you’re outgoing, new to the area, and looking for friendly dog-loving people, this is a great place to be on fair-weather weekends.  During the warm months there is a dog and human water fountain and a plethora of water bowls to hydrate your pup.

 

Batavia Bark Park

40W101 W. Main Street at West Main Community Park, Batavia
Hours of Operation: Sunrise – Sunset
Permit: None
Size/Breed Restrictions: None

Review:  This is one of our favorite dog parks.   The Bark Park boasts hiking trails, a large fenced dog park, and a large pond for the pups to cool down in during the summer months.  All areas of the park offer shade, making this a great park no matter what the season may bring.  The patrons are responsible, friendly, and respectful of this great space.  The Bark Park recently incorporated a frisbee golf course amongst the hiking trails.  Though the patrons of the course tend to be dog friendly, we recommend paying close attention to your pups so they don’t disturb them.

 

Fox River Bluff Off Leash Dog Area

Route 31 and Red Gate Road, St. Charles
Hours of Operation: 8:00am – Sunset
Permits: None
Size/Breed Restrictions: None

Review:  We are regulars at this fantastic off-leash dog hiking park for many reasons.  However, I have to recommend caution to anyone considering visiting this park.  There is no fence and, in some places, precious little space between this park and Route 31.  Dogs have lost their lives darting from one of the park trails onto this busy street.  Also, the park is along the Fox River which can be dangerously swift during wet months and unpredictably icy during the winter months.  That said, if you have dogs that are great at recall and you use a little common sense you will really enjoy this park.  The trails run through fields and forested areas and the new pedestrian bridge also leads to bike trails that can add considerable distance to your walk.  There are a lot of wonderful regulars at this park that my dogs and dog clients adore, it’s relatively clean of waste, and the dogs LOVE lounging and playing in the river and bombing through the trees and open fields.

 

Aurora West Off Leash Dog Area

40w244 Hankes Road, Aurora
Hours of Operation: Sunrise – Sunset
Permits: None
Size/Breed Restrictions: None

Review:  Aurora West Off Leash Dog Area offers great field and forest hiking for you and your dog.  It should be noted that this park is not fenced, so if your dog is a runner this park may not be appropriate for you.  There is approximately 1 mile of off-leash trails in addition to an on-leash trail through nature preserves.  There is no water source at this park so I recommend bringing water for your pup during the summer months.  My only complaint about this park is that its patrons aren’t always diligent about cleaning up after their dogs, and by not always I mean hardly ever.

 

Schweitzer Woods

16N690 Sleepy Hollow Road, Dundee
Hours of Operation: 8:00am – Sunset
Permits: None
Size/Breed Restrictions: None

Review:  I love the history of this park and the park itself.  In 1989 Emily Schweitzer, a multimillionaire and champion Irish Setter breeder, gave her fellow Kane County citizens the deed to her 160 acre property requesting only that this beautiful property, with its oak forests, meadows, and marshes, be kept a passive open space.  In 2008 the town had plans to tear down the fenced in dog area but patrons came out of the woodwork and fought to keep it standing.  They were successful, and this paradise of a dog park remains unscathed!  At Schweitzer Woods you will find a 5 acre fenced dog park with a large open play space in addition to some wooded trail hiking.  Surrounding the fenced dog park is 150 acres of beautiful unfenced trail hiking through woods and meadows.  I found it a little odd that both wooded trails dead end to nowhere but none of us really minded retracing our steps through this gorgeous property.  The meadow hiking takes you on a long trip through and around the remainder of the space.  This park is a must-visit if you’re up for a little drive.  It’s worth the trip, just be sure to bring your own water to keep your dog hydrated.

 

Gregory Island Dog Park

Indian Trail @ the Fox River (Route 25), Aurora
Hours of Operations: Sunrise – Sunset
Permits: $15 residents, $30 non-residents.  Apply online or in-person: http://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/?q=node/48
Size/Breed Restrictions: None

Review:  There are things that I really like about this park and things that I’m not very enthusiastic about.  There is a large and completely fenced small dog area as well as a beautiful and very spacious area for large dogs that is fenced where it meets the parking lot.  Both areas are perfect for a game of fetch with your pup or a romping good time with their friends.  What’s unique about this park is that the river flows around 3 sides of it, making it feel like a secluded island.  Since the large dog area is not fenced off from the river, pet parents should be cautious and observant if their dog is an enthusiastic swimmer or a weak swimmer playing close to the edge.  The river can really pick up speed during the wet months and can easily be a drowning hazard if not well monitored.  What goes hand in hand with water?  Goose poop.  There’s lots of it.  It makes it unpleasant to walk through and my dogs immediately abandoned playing to feast on the little green treats.  We got out of there quick before one of them thought about rolling in it.  I also thought the neighborhood was a little sketchy.  The park is right off an industrial area, there were people working on their car in the parking lot, and there was another man asleep in his car.  It just seemed odd.  But the gentleman that was in the park with his two dogs was absolutely delightful.

 

East Side Sports Complex Dog Park aka Commerce Drive Dog Park

3565 Legacy Blvd., Edwards N. Regole Park, St. Charles
Hours of Operation: 9:00am – Sunset
Permits: None
Size/Breed Restrictions: None

Review:  When I first visited this park I got lost in a maze of no-parking areas and couldn’t figure out how to get to the dog park parking.  A satellite map cleared it up but, just in case you’re planning on plugging the address into your GPS, I’ll give you a tip.  The parking area is on the other side of the park and cannot be reached from the Kirk/Legacy Blvd entrance.  From Kirk, drive west on Swenson Ave, turn right on Kautz Rd., and take the first right onto Commerce Dr.  The dog park parking will be straight ahead.  That said, I am not particularly fond of this park.  It’s not very big so if you have a dog that loves to run you will not find what you’re looking for here.  Additionally, the swimming pond leaves a whole lot to be desired.  By early spring it is so thick with algae and bacteria that it becomes practically unusable.  Also, it is not fully fenced in, so if your dog is an escape artist (or simply a wanderer) you will likely have a runaway to chase down.    The only upside to this park is its array of agility equipment, including an A-Frame, tunnel, and jump agility equipment, which are appropriately sized for most dogs.