Goose Lake State Recreation Area offers a unique opportunity for pet owners, the only off-leash dog area in Lake County.
Located approximately 14 miles south of Lakeview along the California border between New Pine Creek and Goose Lake just off Hwy 395, the state park provides a seven-acre space for four-legged friends to play and explore free of the leash or backyard.
“When I got here the grass was four feet tall, I realized it was flat so I mowed it,” said Tim Harris, the Park Ranger who oversees operations at Goose Lake along with park hosts. “Now pet owners can use any of the area between the railroad tracks and the lake to roam free.”
Amenities are fully provided at the campground, including waste bags, 48 camping spots including RV water and power hookups, hike-and-bike trails, bathrooms, showers, barbecue grills, firewood, ice, and even kid’s bicycle helmets.
The area is also home to a wide assortment of wildlife, with over 129 identified bird species, elk, deer, beavers, and rabbits plentiful. There is also a wide assortment of minerals for rock collectors to find, and some of the best views in all of Lake County. ATVs are permitted at the lake but not within the park. Goose Lake closes at dusk for non-campers, but Harris affords the opportunity for people to take advantage of one of the best areas around to observe the night sky during meteor showers.
There are also large open grass areas available for picnics, barbecues, school field trips, family reunions and more. The grounds were originally a homestead, the property purchased by the state and converted into a beautiful state park in 1969.
For road-trippers, the park provides a welcome chance to stop just before the California border, especially for pets desperate for an opportunity to stretch out some legs. Since laws mandate that all dogs be on a leash or confined to fenced areas, Goose Lake provides the best place to toss a ball or stick free of possible legal reprimand, the grounds kept immaculate through the hard work of Harris and campground hosts.
“We want people to come here, explore with their pet, and enjoy this beautiful area,” said Harris.
Pet owners using the off-leash dog area must remove waste, observe area boundaries, maintain voice control of their pet, and dogs must be licensed and vaccinated. Owners remain responsible for pets while off-leash, and are asked to be courteous of other park users.
Goose Lake State Park is located at 97003 State Line Rd. in New Pine Creek. For more information contact Harris at 541-947-3111.