Bark Swim Program

Bark Swim? - Dog Beach Play!

Does your dog want to play at the beach and take a little swim?? The Madison Beach and Recreation Department has put a Bark Swim program together. Because there is a Town Ordinance that doesn't permit dogs to enjoy the beach and water, the Recreation Department is trying out a new program. If you would like to take part you will need to register at the Beach and Recreation Department before you can participate. Only those dogs, which are registered can enjoy the beach and swim off leash.

There are some rules though:
  • All dogs must be registered in this program with the Beach and Recreation Department.
  • All dog owners must prove that their dog(s) are licensed and all shots up to date.
  • Owners must always be in control of their dog(s).
  • Owners must cleanup and remove any feces discharge immediately.
  • No digging holes.
  • Dogs not permitted on/in playgrounds, picnic area, ball fields or other beaches at any time.
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times and only allowed off leash when participating in this program.
  • Bark Swim hours will be posted and these hours are the only times that bark swim and play will be allowed.
  • The Bark Swim location will only be at Garvan Point Beach. All other parts of the Surf Club will follow the bylaws, rules and regulations provided in section 5-2, 14-33, 14-55, 1-11 of the Town Ordinances.
The success of this program for dogs and their owners to enjoy will depends on the support and cooperation we get.


To register for this program: Bring your current Dog License to the Madison Beach and Recreation Department and fill out the registration form.


For any questions, call the Madison Beach and Recreation Department at 203-245-5623.

Responsible ownership means always respect the law.
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