Kansas is made up of many rural communities with a population that’s spread out all over the state. With such a wide variety in geography and distance, it can be hard to find places to take your pup for some fun! Luckily, we’ve found some dog beaches in Kansas that will keep you and your dog entertained.

Below is a list of dog friendly beaches in Kansas, organized by city and location. If we’re missing any please let us know!

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What is a dog beach?

A dog beach is an area of sand or pebbles where dogs are allowed to swim. They are similar to beaches open to the public, but each has its own rules and regulations. Sometimes they are called “off-leash” areas, though this does not necessarily mean that there is no leash law for the entire beach. Some beaches allow dogs off leash, while others do not; some beaches are open to all dogs.

Are certain types of dog breeds not allowed at dog beaches?

All types of well-behaved dogs are usually allowed at Kansas dog beaches. It is rare to see any specific size restrictions or types of breeds that are not allowed, although certain cities may have certain rules about specific breeds of dogs. People who bring their dog should ensure that it does not disturb other people on the beach, or wildlife in the water.

Where can I find a dog beach?

Most of the designated dog beaches in Kansas are located near the major cities of Kansas including metro-Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, and Salina. However there are plenty of beaches located along the many Kansas rivers and lakes that allow dogs. However a majority of these areas have restrictions on when and where dogs are allowed to swim.

Dog Beach etiquette

  1. Always clean up your pet’s waste by using plastic bags or scoops to throw it away in the trash bins provided at the beach entrances and parking lots. It is not OK to just leave it on the beach!
  2. Don’t bring more than 2 dogs per person
  3. Always keep your dog in sight and within hearing distance with voice control over your pet at all times (a long line is best). Make sure you can quickly control your dog, even in an off-leash environment if necessary.
  4. Bring water for your dog, even on hot days.
  5. Puppies younger than four months old should stay at home with their families. Young dogs can quickly get tired and overheated in extra warm or cold weather. In addition, young pups still have a little adult tooth coming in and it is important that they do not swallow too much sand. Since they don’t usually have a firm footing, very young pups can easily swallow air and become bloated or aspirate the grainy material into their lungs
  6. Pregnant and nursing dogs should also not spend time at dog beaches as it can be too stressful for them
  7. All dogs should always wear a collar with an ID tag and have a microchip.
  8. Dogs should be current on all their vaccinations including rabies, bordetella (kennel cough) and parvo/distemper.