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John C. Bartlett Jr.
Ocean County Freeholder

Michael Mangum

Kenneth F. Pullen
General Supervisor

Mary J. Bavais
Superintendent of Recreation


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An Off-Leash Dog Park is a contained area where dog owners can allow their pets to run free and exercise off-leash. The increase in Ocean County's population has reduced the number of places where dog owners can let their dogs run free. As a result, many owners use park facilities as a place to exercise their dogs. Conflicts often arise with other park users when the mandatory leash law is ignored. Off-leash Dog Facilities provide a safe place for dogs while alleviating conflicts in other parks.

The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation has two Off-Leash Dog Facilities:

Robert J. Miller County Air Park Mule Rd. and Pinewald Keswick Rd. Berkeley Township
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Ocean County Park 659 Ocean Ave. Lakewood
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Both Off-leash Dog Facilities are open at 8:00 a.m. Closing times vary by season. Both facilities will be staffed by an attendant three (3) hours after opening and three (3) hours before closing. Check for closing times.

Registration Requirements:

  • Current township dog license, tags are not acceptable.

  • Proof of up-to-date vaccinations

  • Payment of required fee

  • Proof that all male dogs are neutered

The annual registration fee is $5.00 per dog. This fee must be paid by exact cash or check made out to "County of Ocean" at the time of registration. You may register your dog(s) at the following locations:

O.C. Parks Administration Bldg.
1198 Bandon Road
Toms River, NJ 08753
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Jakes Branch County Park
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beachwood, NJ 08722
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wells Mills County Park
905 CR 532
Waretown, NJ 08758
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m

Ocean County Connection
Ocean County Mall
Toms River, NJ 08753
7 days a week

 Click here for Rules & Regulations for the Dog Parks

 Click here for a printable brochure of Ocean County Off-Leash Dog Facilities (PDF)