Dog Information

2021 Update: Dogs must be leashed on Waterworks Hill through May 31 to protect rare native plant

Leash Rules

On Mt. Sentinel, Mt. Jumbo, The North Hills, and the Tower Street Conservation area dogs may be off leash, but owners must obey the following rules:

  • Dog owners must obey all posted regulations.
  • Unless otherwise posted, dogs must be leashed at all trailheads and within 200 yards of any city trailhead.
  • Once outside posted leash zones, dogs may be off leash but must remain under voice control.

It is illegal in the State of Montana for any dog to chase or harass wildlife or livestock. For more information, view the Living with Wildlife Brochure (PDF). Report uncontrolled dogs to Animal Control at 406-541-7387.

Voice Control

When not on leash, dogs must be under voice control. A dog's owner or custodian must be within 75 feet of the dog and be able to effectively control and recall the dog at all times. Voice control is enforced regardless of any distractions that may be encountered in the park (such as wildlife, other dogs, or park visitors). If your dog runs up to people or other dogs, chases wildlife, or will not consistently come to you immediately upon command, your dog is not under voice control and must be leashed.

You know your dog better than anyone else, if your dog is prone to jumping up on people, fighting with other dogs, or chasing wildlife, be safe and keep your dog leashed.

Pick Up After Your Dog

You are required by law to remove and dispose of your dog's excrement. Disposal of your dog's excrement helps minimize the spread of disease, maintain clean water, and is a courtesy to other visitors. Mutt Mitts for poop pickup are provided free at trail heads. Disposal does not mean leaving the full bags along the trail for others to clean up. Please carry them back to a trash can.

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