Lykos Riverfront Dog Park

The perfect green space for our furry loved ones...

Madison's Lykos Riverfront Dog Park was built in 2007 and is a fenced, off-leash dog park with separate areas for big dogs and small dogs. The park is a wonderful spot for dog owners to get to know their community neighbors while socializing their furry friends!

Located along the scenic Ohio River front, this free dog park is easily accessible and across the street from our beautiful river walk. The park is open from sunrise to sunset through the year. 


The park is for dogs and their owners/handlers only. Other types of animals are prohibited. The following are not allowed in the dog park: rawhides, food (dog or human), glass containers, alcoholic beverages, or smoking. Small training treats are allowed.

Humans at the Lykos Riverfront Dog Park

Dog owners/handlers are legally responsible for the actions of their dog(s). Any damages resulting from any dog's behavior at the Lykos Dog Park are attributable to the dog's individual owner/handler. IC 15-20-1-1 - 7

  • Owners/handlers are expected to comply with all applicable ordinances, regulations, and laws governing dogs, including vaccination requirements. IC 15-17-3-21; IC 35-46-3-1
  • The City of Madison does not supervise visitors at the Lykos Riverfront Dog Park. Dog park patrons are individually responsible for guarding against the risks posed by unleashed dogs.
  • Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Clean up after your dog. Poop scoop bags and a waste receptacle are available on the premises for your convenience.
  • Owners/handlers must carry a leash and remain in control and in sight of their dog(s) at all times. Do not leave dogs unattended.
  • Please fill in any holes your dog might dig.
  • Violators of these rules are subject to immediate removal from the dog park.
Dogs at the Lykos Riverfront Dog Park
  • Puppies under three months of age may not use the park.
  • Female dogs in heat are not permitted in the park.
  • Aggressive dogs are not allowed. If your dog displays an aggressive temperament, please keep him or her at home.
  • Tennis balls only. Other types of dog toys cause fights.
  • Dogs must be up to date on all required vaccinations, which include rabies, bordetella, and distemper/parvovirus combo vaccines. If your dog is sick, please do not bring him or her to the dog park. IC 15-17-3-21; IC 35-46-3-1

How to Use the Lykos Riverfront Dog Park

Enter the double-gated transition area only if there are no other dogs or people in it. Once in the transition area, remove your dog's leash. Dogs may feel threatened if they are leashed in the presence of unleashed dogs. Once you and your dog(s) have entered the park, move away from the entrance to help disperse dogs that have come over to welcome the newcomers.

If a dog fight or bite occurs, contact Animal Control at (812) 265-3347 to report the incident.