Dog parents understand the importance of finding a great local dog park. Dog parks are a great resource for your furry friend to run to his heart’s content, interact with other dogs, sniff new things, and buddy up to humans in attempts to gain cookies. It is also a great place for pet parents to meet like-minded neighbors and share fur-children stories! We’ve put together a list of the best dog parks in Naperville, IL to help you find a spot with the amenities, space, and cookie-dispensing humans that your pup is looking for!
- SpringBrook Prairie Dog Park: SpringBrook Prairie Dog Park in Naperville is located at 83rd St., West of Book Rd. The dog park is open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. Dogs with valid Forest Preserve District permits can enjoy Springbrook Prairie’s off-leash area at the 83rd Street trailhead. Owners must have their dogs’ purchased permits in their possession when in the off-leash area. Applications for annual and daily permits are available through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rules for the off-leash area are posted at the preserve. Dogs must be on leashes no greater than 10 feet in length in all other areas of the preserve, including the parking lots.
- Green Valley Forest Preserve: Like SpringBrook Prairie Dog Park, Green Valley Forest Preserve is part of the Dupage County Forest Preserve and requires dogs to have a permit. Located at Green Valley Rd. & Hobson Rd. in Naperville, there are actually two dog parks here: a large area for big dogs and a smaller separate area for small dogs. Also offered at the park is a water fountain and a nice shaded bench. For more information, call the park at 630-933-7200.
- Whalon Lake Dog Park: Whalon Lake Dog Park provides an 8-acre fenced exercise area where dogs can run free. The Dog Park also features a smaller 2.5-acre park for dogs under 30 pounds. A shelter and benches provide comfort for the canines’ human companions. A permit is required for use of the Dog Park. Visit Forest Preserve District of Will County for the fee structure. Other amenities at Whalon Lake include multi-purpose trails, picnic shelters, and access to an 80-acre lake for boating and fishing. The park is located at 1480 Royce Rd. in Naperville, can be reached at 815-727-8700, and is open from 6:00 a.m. to Sunset (April – October) and 8:00 a.m. to Sunset (November – March).
Have fun exploring!