Help keep Herbert Hoover National Historic Site clean and safe by following park rules for bringing pets into the park. The City of West Branch has similar leash and animal waste requirements for pets. Call the West Branch Police Department at (319) 643-5888 for more information about city animal control ordinances.

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Pets must be leashed and under your physical control.

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Much of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is welcoming to pets of all shapes and sizes. However, pets are not permitted in the park's buildings and Visitor Center. Service animals are allowed in all buildings while performing their work.

Please remember to provide adequate water, shade, and supervision for your pet, especially in the hot summer months. Pets may not be left unattended or tied up while their owners explore the park.

Leash your pet

In accordance with federal law, pets must be kept on a six-foot leash and under physical control at all times while visiting any area of the park. This prevents encounters between pets and wildlife, protects pets from hazards, and prevents unwanted interaction between pets and other visitors. Retractable leashes should be kept at a maximum length of six feet.

If your pet escapes its leash and becomes lost in the park, please notify park staff immediately.

Dispose of pet waste

Pet waste may not be left on the ground. If you are visiting with your pet, please remember to bring plastic bags or a scoop and determine how you will transport waste from the park.

The park provides courtesy dog litter bag stations along the walkways. You may dispose of your pet's waste in the dog litter bag stations or in any outdoor trash can.


Last updated: April 15, 2021

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P.O. Box 607
West Branch, IA 52358


319 643-2541

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