News and Trail Report
Did you know that the Forest Service is considering moving our winter trails to the area southwest of the Sunriver Cutoff? We will keep you updated on the progress of these discussions.
If you are interested in volunteering with DogPAC, please click on the Volunter tab above. Volunteer Job Descriptions are available through that link.
DogPAC is totally funded by your donations. Please consider helping us out. Your donation goes to winter grooming, maintenance of poop stations at various off-leash areas, and to educating the public to be responsible dog owners.
Practice good etiquette to sustain and expand your access.
Tips for off-leash areas (OLAs) and trails:
Most Important — always carry a leash and poop bags.
Pick up after your dog. If you're bagless on the trail, bury the poop - it'll be less offensive and will decompose faster.
Keep your dog in sight and under voice control, or on leash.
If your dog is not relaxed and friendly around people or other dogs, keep him on leash (and out of dog parks).
If you meet children, dog-averse people, dogs on-leash, mountain bikers, or horses on the trail, have your dog sit and stay, or leash up while they pass by.
When you visit an OLA, unleash and walk around with your dog. This will encourage good dog interactions.
If your dog does get into a problem situation, don't stand there and yell - go get him!
Even a good dog can be unpredictable, and not everyone wants to meet your dog, even if he's friendly. Err on the side of caution and courtesy. Remember, you are liable for any damage or injury caused by your dog.
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Off-leash Trail Activity Summary
Bruce Johnson, DogPAC Member
The DogPAC Board has been working with the Forest Service and the Bend Park Recreation District to enhance off-leash trail recreation opportunities near Bend. Several planned and proposed projects may have an impact on trails that are popular with people who like to walk, run or bike with their dogs on public lands.
DogPAC continues to work for opportunities to hike, bike, run and play with our dogs off-leash on public lands close to the population centers of Central Oregon.It has been shown that dog owners are much more likely to engage in recommended levels of physical activity than non-dog owners.Our dogs simply won’t accept “I don’t feel like getting out today” as a valid excuse for staying on the couch.More physically active people have fewer health issues like obesity and diabetes, thus reducing the health care burden on all of us.Providing the opportunity for dog owners to get out and exercise with their dogs is arguably one of the best possible uses of our public lands.
If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or offers to help our mission please share them with us. We could use your input.
Some of our activities and accomplishments
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Working with BPRD to create more off leash water access for dogs within Bend City Limits.
Providing support to build a Spray Park for dogs at the Bob Wenger OLA at Pine Nursery OLA.
Provide information and promote responsible dog guardianship, especially relating to off-leash recreation.
Adopt and maintain the Deschutes River Trail and broader Rim Rock (Good Dog!) area between LOGE' and Meadow Camp.
Create, maintain, and groom Central Oregon's only groomed ski and snowshoe trails that allow dogs.
Provide poop bags and empty "poop trash" at Rim Rock (Good Dog!), the Wanoga winter trail, and the Phil's Trail parking area.
Catalyze the relaxation of summer trail restrictions in the national forest (Deschutes River Trail and wilderness).
Sustain and expand forest and park off-leash access.
DogPAC's mission is to promote the health and enjoyment of dogs and their guardians through the provision of off-leash recreation opportunities in Central Oregon. We hope this site, our advocacy, and our on-the-ground work enhance your enjoyment of outdoor experiences with your dog. It is important for you and others that your dog behaves responsibly when off-leash.
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Urgent action needed!
Bend Parks & Rec (BPRD) is working on a River Restoration and Access Plan to protect riparian habitats in the 8 miles of city parks along the Deschutes. DogPAC has been working with them to identify sites for off-leash access, where dogs can legally swim or wade in the river. We developed criteria, visited and evaluated all of the parks, and identified and ranked a dozen potential sites in eight parks. BPRD staff considered our recommendations, but after their own evaluation, recommended a single site in Riverbend Park to replace the existing single site that is located on private property and will soon be developed.
All park properties managed by BPRD are owned by the taxpayers, including the half of Bend residents who own dogs. Recreating with dogs off-leash is a valid form of outdoor recreation. DogPAC’s survey and BPRD’s own survey showed that off-leash river access is high priority among Bend residents. Of the 430 people who took the DogPAC survey last summer, 84% responded that they let their dog swim or wade in the river, and that they want to continue to do that. Limiting off-leash access to a single 30-40’ site in 8 miles of riverside park property, while providing many access points for boaters, floaters, fishermen, and other recreationists, amounts to treating dog owners as second class citizens.
Up until now, the great majority of off-leash use has not been at the single legal site in Riverbend Park, but at many informal sites along the river - sites that people have used for decades. BPRD’s recommendation of a single off-leash access site is tantamount to encouraging continued non-compliance with the city leash law.
BPRD staff will present their recommendation to the BPRD board on January 19th. If you agree that providing a single off-leash access site in 8 miles of riverside park property is unfair to Bend dog owners, DogPAC strongly urges you to contact the BPRD board prior to the meeting, voicing your concerns.
Please send an email to email@example.com. You can copy and paste the following statement in your email, or write your own.
BPRD board members: As a Bend resident, taxpayer, and dog owner, I request that you instruct BPRD staff working on the River Restoration and Access Plan to provide multiple access sites in city parks, where dogs can legally swim or wade off-leash in the river. Thank you.