Centennial Dog Beach

Centennial Park Dog Beach

225 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL 60093

  • Dog beach, membership required
  • Swimming prohibited
  • Off-street parking

Centennial dog beach is an off-leash swimming beach located on Lake Michigan. It’s the perfect place for your four-footed friend to get some exercise, go for a swim, or just have some fun. The beach is open dawn to dusk throughout the year, weather permitting. All patrons must have a valid pass to enter the dog beach.

Please remember that Centennial Park is not part of the dog beach. All dogs must be leashed within Centennial Park limits. Violators of the village leash law are subject to a fine or may have their dog pass revoked.

2018-19 Dog Beach Season Pass

Available for purchase March 1.

Passes are valid April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.

Season Pass Type Resident Non-Resident
First Dog $40 $180*
Additional Dog $20 $40

*Fee includes a mandatory $100 village parking pass.

The dog beach season pass form is available at the Winnetka Park District office (540 Hibbard Road) or it can be downloaded here.

Completed applications must be submitted in-person at the park district office and must be accompanied by the following information (as required by the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control Ordinance).

Application Checklist

  • Rabies tag number
  • Village tag number
  • Proof of current Bordetella, Distemper, Hepatitis, Para-Influenza, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis

Proof of current vaccinations/inoculations can be submitted in the form of a document from your vet’s office. Alternatively, your vet can sign the application to confirm all are up-to-date.

About the Cook County Animal and Rabies Control Ordinance

In July 2005, Cook County passed an ordinance requiring all communities that operate dog parks to have each dog owner show written proof of:

  • Current vaccinations or titers for distemper, hepatitis, para-influenza, parvovirus, bordetella, leptospirosis, and rabies
  • The dog’s current village tag number

If you have any questions pertaining to these Cook County rules, you may contact Donna Alexander, VMD at her Cook County office at (708) 974-6147.

Beach Rules & Regulations

Free Run Area — Beach

  • You are solely responsible for the actions of your dog.
  • You must bring your pass each visit. Attendants are not allowed to let anyone through the gate without a pass.
  • Keep an eye on your dog and keep your dog’s leash with you at all times.
  • Leash your dog immediately if aggressive behavior is observed.
  • For safety reasons children must be at least 10 years of age to use the park and they must be closely supervised.
  • Children will be expected to behave in an appropriate manner: no running, no chasing dogs, no petting of other dogs unless permission is granted from the owner first.
  • Be polite: pick up dog feces and dispose the dog feces in the waste receptacles, which are available throughout the park.
  • Dogs must wear current license tag and be up-to-date on shots.
  • Cover any holes your dog digs.
  • No more than 2 dogs per person on any one visit.
  • Check with your veterinarian before bringing a puppy under the age of four months to the park.
  • Dogs must be on a leash until they reach the beach gate.
  • No dogs known to be aggressive toward other dogs or people may enter the area.
  • Owners/handlers are asked to closely supervise their dogs and at no time should anyone leave the area without his/her dog(s).
  • Do not bring rawhide or food into the dog area as dogfights may result.
  • Please remove pinch and spike collars from your dog prior to entering the dog run.
  • Hours are sunrise to sunset.

Leashed Area — Park and Parking Lot

  • You are responsible for the actions of your dog.
  • Keep your dog leashed at all times.
  • Leashes must not exceed 8 feet.
  • No dogs known to be aggressive toward other dogs or people may enter the area.
  • Be polite: pick up dog feces and dispose the dog feces in the waste receptacles, which are available throughout the park.
  • Dogs must wear current license tag and be up-to-date on shots.
  • No more than 2 dogs per person on any one visit.
  • Hours are sunrise to sunset.