Dog Management Planning

Update: On January 10, 2017, the National Park Service placed a hold on a rule for dog management and a period of review. For more information, please refer to this press release.

Visit the Reading Room to access Freedom of Information Act records related to dog management planning

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) recognizes well-managed dog walking is a healthy and popular way to enjoy parklands.

The release of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) with Preferred Alternative in December 2016 is one of the final planning stages in the development of a Dog Management Plan and Final Rule for GGNRA.

The Final Rule would identify places in the park where dogs are welcome – both on-leash and under voice and sight control (off-leash) – as well as areas that are dog-free. It would also describe the responsibilities of dog owners to manage their dogs effectively and requirements for people walking 4-6 dogs at one time.

What's next?

With the release of an FEIS, the National Park Service can issue a Record of Decision, signaling Federal approval of the FEIS Preferred Alternative. A Final Rule will be published in the Federal Register. The Final Rule would specify an effective date. Implementation of the Final Rule will include public outreach, education, and the installation of signage.

Continue reading for more information about the FEIS, including maps and frequently asked questions.

Visit our keyboard shortcuts docs for details
1 minute, 39 seconds

In December 2016, GGNRA will enter the final phases in development of a Final Rule for Dog Management.


Last updated: January 10, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


(415) 561-4700
Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

Contact Us