Chicago >Belmont Harbor Dog Beach
“Sophi also feels more comfortable when I bring a baggie, so she doesn't get embarrassed in front of her other canine playmates.”
A place where the fur's all wet, the Frisbees all float, and nobody fears a leash violation..
Wave action deposited this triangular patch of sand in a protected corner of Belmont Harbor sometime in the 1980s. When local residents began unleashing their pooches here, the city gave the unofficial nod for dogs to run free without fear of ticketing. Because it's fenced and surrounded by water, the beach is safe for dogs both amphibious and landlubberly. The spot is popular morning and evening, and gets packed on weekends.
Strong swimmers can get their paddle on without fear of dangerous currents, and there's usually a pack of other breeds making chase around the sandy beach. Though watercraft ply this working marina, speeds are low and the nearest boat slips are some thirty meters off, well clear of the beach. While it looks inviting for human uses too, the sand does serve as a giant canine potty, so this isn't the ideal lakefront sun and sandcastles spot.
For my mutt. My dog told me to write this review ... Sophi likes Belmont Harbor because there is a good dog beach that is very fun. While my dog swims after her ball, she watches the boats float in and out of the harbor. She likes it even better when I wear sandals and get my feet wet. Sophi also feels more comfortable when I bring a baggie, so she doesn't get embarrassed in front of her other canine playmates.
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