BARK Ranger

Badge-shaped dog tag with a paw print in the center and the words Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Bark Ranger Tag
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Your Dog Can Become a BARK Ranger!

As BARK Rangers, dogs and their owners safely and responsibly enjoy the park by following these rules:

B ag your poop
Keep Pictured Rocks clean by bagging and properly disposing of all dog waste. Dog poop is not a natural fertilizer. It contains chemicals and can carry dozens of diseases into wildlife populations. Poop can also pollute water sources.

A lways wear a leash
Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 m). Leashes protect your pet from becoming lost, getting too close to others, and dangers such as porcupines. Even a well-trained dog can react unpredictably in a new place. Not everyone is a dog person. Please be respectful of other visitors.

R espect wildlife
Dogs can chase and threaten wildlife. They can scare animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. Please respect wildlife by keeping a safe distance away. The park is their home.

K now where you can go
Pets are allowed in many areas in the park— but not everywhere.
Please review the dog-friendly trails and areas listed below.

Dog on leash on the beach. Bark Ranger tag.
Bark Ranger Shea and the park's Bark Ranger tag


Take the BARK Ranger Pledge

Hi! My name is Shea. You can become a BARK ranger like me. Just have your human review and agree to the rules of B.A.R.K. and sign on the line. With approval from a park ranger, you can buy a bark ranger tag at one of our visitor centers.

I, _____________, and my human companion, agree to follow the rules of B.A.R.K. when on any national park lands. We understand where in the park we may go and we will act as good role models for other pet owners in the park.
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After taking the pledge, humans can purchase a Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore BARK Ranger tag for their pet at the park visitor centers.
Husky sitting on the snow at the beach
Bowie on the beach with his leash. Good dog. Good human!

NPS/Melissa O'Donnell

Pets Are Permitted at the Following Locations:

  • All Roads, Parking Lots, and Picnic Areas
  • Sand Point Beaches
  • Munising Falls Trail
  • Miners Falls Trail
  • Miners Castle - paved trail to Overlooks
  • Miners Beach
  • Au Sable Access Road to the Light Station
  • Lake Superior Overlook and Beach
  • Sable Falls Trail and Beach
  • Twelvemile Beach and Hurricane River Campgrounds
  • Lake Superior beaches directly in front of the campground and day-use areas

Pets Are Not Permitted in the Following Areas:

  • All North Country Scenic Trail segments that pass through the length of the park (trail is sometimes referred to as the Lakeshore Trail)
  • Sand Point Marsh Trail
  • Chapel and Mosquito trails and loops
  • Chapel and Mosquito beaches
  • All trails in the Beaver Basin Wilderness Area
  • Beaver Basin Wilderness beaches and lakes
  • All Backcountry Campgrounds/Campsites
  • Little Beaver Lake Drive-In Campground
  • Log Slide Trail and nearby dunes
  • Grand Sable Dunes
  • All backcountry areas (off trails) including areas east of Miners Beach to the western edge of Twelvemile Beach Campground, including the entire Chapel-Grand Portal-Mosquito Loop Trails and beaches
  • All Groomed Winter Ski Trails
  • No carrying in pets
Diamond shaped logo with a dog's face inside and a butterfly on his nose.
Volunteer and become a BARK Ranger Ambassador


Bark Ranger Ambassadors

Volunteers and their canine companions can become BARK Ranger Ambassadors, informing the public on how to properly enjoy the park with their pets. Volunteers are trained on how to approach visitors and explain the importance of the BARK Ranger rules. Responsibilities vary from setting up a table with pet information to roving areas and approaching visitors about pet behavior. Email the park's volunteer coordinator for more information. For other volunteer opportunities, go to the park's volunteer page.

Last updated: November 29, 2022

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