Obed Dog Policy
Obed Wild and Scenic River is Dog Friendly
The Obed river still looks mostly the same as it did to European settlers first encountered it in the 1700s. The river historically offered great hunting and fishing, and offers many recreational opportunities today including hiking, birdwatching, bouldering, rock climbing, kayaking, and canoeing.
Obed Wild and Scenic River is dog friendly, and dogs can go throughout the park and on trails while on a leash no longer than 6'. Note that hunting is allowed in the park. Dogs participating in hunting do not need to be on a leash when pursuing game.
Obed Wild and Scenic River also runs the BARK Ranger program, where you and your dog can earn a special dog tag by learning and following park rules and good practices (see the BARK Ranger section below).
Dogs are allowed on trails while on a leash no longer than 6'. A list of hiking trails is available here.
Dogs are allowed at the Rock Creek Campground while on a leash. Note that this is a tent only campground.
Bark Ranger is a really great program that some National Park Service destinations run. The Bark Ranger program teaches dog owners responsible behaviors with their dogs, and in return you get a special dog tag that’s different for each park (note: some parks require you to purchase the tag at the end). You start the program by going to a park office and picking up a checklist. When you complete the checklist (see the link below for more details), you can get your special dog tag.
B.A.R.K. is an acronym for:
- B: Bag your poop
- Help keep the park clean by bagging and picking up your dog poop, and properly disposing of it. Don’t leave your bagged poop on the side of the trail, hanging from branches, or throw it into the woods. Please note dog poop is not a natural fertilizer — it can carry disease that can spread to wildlife or other dogs.
- A: Always wear a leash
- Dogs must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6'. Retractable leashes that extend beyond 6' are not allowed. Not everyone appreciates a dog running up to them, and many people are scared or allergic to dogs — a leash prevents uncomfortable situations between your dog and others. Leashes also help protect your dog from running off if anything spooks them.
- R: Respect wildlife
- Dogs can chase or scare wildlife such as birds and turtles. They can also damage nesting areas. Some parks have wildlife, such as bears, coyotes, or wolves, that can threaten your dog. Please be respectful of wildlife with your dog, and if you do encounter wildlife, keep dog at distance to protect both your dog and the wildlife.
- K: Know where to go
- Know which trails allow dogs, and which don’t. Don’t leave dogs unattended in vehicles while you go off to hike. See the link below for more details.
For more information on the Bark Ranger program, please see: https://www.nps.gov/obed/planyourvisit/bark-ranger.htm
We also have a list of all parks that run the BARK Ranger program.
Location & Map
Warning: Hunting is allowed at this location. Please be aware of and familiarize yourself with hunting seasons, and exercise appropriate caution with your dog. During hunting season(s), you may also want to consider having your dog wear a blaze orange vest.
For more information on hunting seasons and policies, please see: https://www.nps.gov/obed/planyourvisit/permits.htm