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Dogs on the Beach

Dogs on Saco's Beaches 

Saco's beaches are dog friendly; however, an ordinance amendment has modified the leashing requirements for our canine beachgoers. 

In September, the Saco City Council approved an ordinance change that requires dogs to be leashed and under control of their owners from April 1 to Sept. 30 on beaches in Saco where piping plovers or least terns are present or have traditionally nested... Previously, dogs only had to be on leash on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August.

The amended ordinance intends to protect endangered and at-risk wildlife, not restrict dogs. This ordinance is in effect for Bayview Beach, Kinney Shores, and Camp Ellis Beach. 

If you have any questions, please call the Saco Parks & Recreation Department at (207)283-3139.

Saco City Code: 64-8 B
The following restrictions apply to dogs on beaches:
[Amended 9-4-2018]
(1) All dogs should be leashed and under control of their owners at all times from April 1 through September 30 on beaches where piping plovers or least terns are present or have traditionally nested. Dogs should be prohibited on these beaches from April 1 through September 30 if, based on observations and experience, dog owners fail to keep pets leashed and under control.

Click here to view the City Code online.