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Montrose Dog Beach was founded on a simple premise: “There is enough beach for everyone.” While our community has grown tremendously over the years, we believe the sentiment still holds true. We all love our slice of shoreline, but what many may not know is that the beach to our southeastern border is equally treasured by many species of birds and a large community of birders and nature lovers.

Unfortunately, the birders and nature lovers frequently contend with dogs that are illegally on both the main portion of the beach and in the two natural areas, Montrose Beach Dunes and Montrose Point. Dogs are not allowed in any of those areas whether leashed or unleashed.

The result, as the photo from a local birder shows, can be fatal for migratory birds that use the beach to rest and feed after long and exhausting migrations. Dogs are also a danger to the 11 bird species that nest at Montrose Beach. We’re sharing the stark photo of a Stilt Sandpiper, a rare bird for Montrose that was killed this past month by a dog that was on the beach illegally, to emphasize the importance of being thoughtful neighbors by only allowing dogs where they are permitted and always keeping dogs on-leash outside Montrose Dog Beach.

If you’re reading this, you’re likely part of the majority of people who love setting their pup free inside the dog beach, and then considerately leashes them on your way in and out. So we’re asking for your help to spread the word - both digitally and in person.

In short, DOGS MUST ALWAYS BE LEASHED OUTSIDE OF THE DOG BEACH, AND NO DOGS, LEASHED OR NOT, ARE EVER PERMITTED ON THE REST OF MONTROSE BEACH OR IN THE TWO MONTROSE NATURAL AREAS. Violators can be fined up to $500 by the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Thanks for your continued help keeping the beach safe, clean and fun for everyone.

 

Sandpiper being attacked by a off-leash dog

Thanks to everyone who participated in our event on Saturday, October 14, 2017!

Plan to join us for Santa's visit on December 9th from 10 AM - Noon.

 

The Mondog Board and friends were recently planning our December event.

More information will be available as the date gets closer!

 

While the County and Chicago Park District post a long set of rules for the Dog Friendly Areas, we would like to remind everyone who uses the DFA of these essential rules:

 

1. No food on the beach.

2. No prong collars.

3. No more than 3 dogs per person.

4. Pick up after your dog.

5. When you leave the Dog Friendly Area, make sure your dog is on a leash. 

We just wanted to remind everyone who brings their dog to Montrose Dog Beach, that this Dog Friendly Area is not guaranteed to be secure with respect to keeping your dog in the DFA. There are many places where our furry friends can find a way out.  So, it is up to the dog's accompanying person to be sure that the dogs don't leave the area without a leash on. Remember that this is a natural area and is subject to natural events that can breach the various attempts to keep the dogs confined.

MONDOG  teamed up with the Alliance of the Great Lakes for their annual September Great Lakes Wide beach cleanup on September 9, 2017

Collectively we picked up 131 pounds of trash and recycling mostly along the perimeters and the rocky areas. We also cut down and dug out many burr laden bushes that were growing along the perimeter fences.

We were blessed with a group of students from East Leyden High School and the Anderson Family as well many individuals and family groups. 

Mondog also had 5 Board members coordinating and helping in the morning activities that took place from 9 AM - 11 AM.

Following are photos of the bigger groups.

 

Montrose Dog Friendly Area / Montrose Dog Beach is open year round every day.  The rules are also in effect all year, so be sure to pick up after your dog and most importantly have fun with your pooch.