Hot Dog? Winnetka and North Shore Dog Beaches

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Winnetka and North Shore Dog Beaches


You don't have to have a dog that loves the water - or even one that chases balls and sticks. Winnetka and North Shore dog beaches are open for all dogs that want to cool off and socialize. And doWinnetka Dog Beach something different than laze around the backyard on a hot day.

The dog beaches require pets to be up-to-date on vaccinations and there are rules that must be followed, which are outlined on the websites (listed below.)  

Along the North Shore, there are four easily accessible dog beaches.

Winnetka -  Centennial Park Beach

Located on Sheridan Road just south of Elder (Elder Beach for humans is next door.)  The cost for residents is $35 for one dog and $15 for additional dogs.  Non-resident fees are much higher at $170.00 for one dog.  The Winnetka dog beach has a doggie shower to clean up sandy paws and fur.  For more information and to complete an application, please go to Centennial Park Beach in Winnetka

Winnetka dog getting showered at beachWilmette - Gillson Park Dog Beach

Gillson Park Dog Beach is located at the south end of Gillson Park.  Costs are slightly less than Winnetka:  $26 for one resident dog, $5 for additional dogs, and 154 for non-resident dogs.  Gillson Dog Beach in Wilmette

Highland Park - Moraine Park

Located at 2501 Sheridan Rd (at Moraine Road.)  Moraine Park was originally the site of the Hotel Moraine, built in 1982 and closed in 1970.  The 15-acre site is now a designated nature area with a portion of it fenced off for dogs.  Permits are required and can be applied for at Highland Park Moraine Park Dog Beach


Evanston Dog Beach

This dog beach is located where Church Street meets the lake, just north of the launch facility. It was closed in 2018 due to high level waters. Currently, a new dog park is in the planning stages but it will not be on the lake any longer. For updates, please see: Evanston Dog Park



Evanston Dog BeachSome dogs (like mine) won't go near the water except for a little sip.  The fun is in watching her play and run free in the sand with other dogs.  And you don't need to constrain yourself to summertime - the beaches can be used in the winter and it's a lot less crowded!




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Comments (5)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I am sure our dog would love to run on the beach, well walk on the beach, she is not a runner in any description of the word. But she does love water, standing in it, and looking around surveying the world and smelling the air.

Jun 23, 2022 02:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret- I love it when communities have parks and beaches for our 4-legged friends 

Jun 23, 2022 07:00 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! I'm sure there are a lot of dog parents who love the beach as well!

Jun 24, 2022 04:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Margaret Goss - those dogs sure do look like they are having a lot of fun on the beach! 

Jun 30, 2022 01:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

What a FUN post Margaret! Many breeds of dogs love the water, we had labs and their webbed paws made them proficient swimmers!

Jul 03, 2022 10:53 AM