Off-Leash Dog Areas

We are Going Keyless!

Members will now use a membership card with an embedded electronic chip to gain access to all three off-leash dog areas. These new cards will be available for use starting October 15, 2018. Physical keys from the 2017-2018 season will still allow current members to access off-leash dog areas until the launch of the new keyless system.


These large open spaces allow your dog to run, fetch and play uninhibited and unrestrained.


The Forest Preserves of Cook County currently operates the Beck Lake, Bremen Grove and Miller Meadow Off-Leash Dog Areas for visitors to let their dogs enjoy the preserves without a leash. Please note that these are the only locations within the Forest Preserves where off-leash dogs are allowed.


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Beck Lake

East River Rd & Central Rd
Cook County, IL 60016 (map)

  • 40 acres
  • Large pond
  • Outdoor shelter
  • Connected to 9 miles of trails (leash required)

Bremen Grove

Oak Park Ave, south of 159th St
Cook County, IL 60477 (map)

  • 3 acres
  • Separate areas for large and small (under 25 pounds) dogs
  • Water fountain
  • Connected to 33 miles of trails (leash required)

Miller Meadow South

1st Ave, south of Roosevelt Rd
Cook County, IL 60130 (map)

  • 7 acres
  • Outdoor shelter
  • Connected to 2 miles of trails (leash required)




Registration & Rates


Dog owners wishing to enter the Off-Leash Dog Areas must first purchase an annual membership. The annual membership includes one membership card to enter any of the Forest Preserves’ Off-Leash Dog Areas. Annual memberships are valid from October 1 through September 30 of the following year.


Cook County Residents $60/dog
Non-Resident $120/dog


In addition to an application, all dog owners are required to submit a Veterinarian Health Report. A membership card will be mailed to the address you provide only after this report has been approved. Please allow up to two weeks processing time from receipt of the application and report. Dog owners can apply for an annual membership in the following ways:


Apply Online

You must submit a Veterinarian Health Report in addition to your online application. Memberships are available for up to three dogs online. If you need memberships for more than three dogs, please submit your requests via email or fax. Please choose your preferred location when applying, but note that memberships give you access to all dog areas.

Apply Now Download Health Report

Apply In Person or by Mail

Submit your Off-Leash Dog Area Application and Veterinarian Health Report(s) by mail or in person at our headquarters (536 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305). The permit desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please allow up to two weeks processing time. Please choose your preferred location when applying, but note that memberships give you access to all dog areas.

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County