Town to Beach-Going Dogs: Take a Walk After March 31

It's the last week till October for dogs to feel Sound sands beneath their paws.

A dog loving life at Jennings Beach in Fairfield, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
A dog loving life at Jennings Beach in Fairfield, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
The dog days of summer will be here before we know it, and that means the days of dogs at the beach are coming to a close.

There's just one more week to bring your furry friends (and horses) to Compo Beach. After March 31, dogs won't be allowed back onto town beaches until Oct. 1.

Westport Policy on Dogs at Compo Beach

Here are the rules Westport Parks and Recreation Department has for dogs allowed on Compo Beach until March 31:

Oct. 1 to March 31 - Compo Beach    


  • Dogs are permitted off leash in the area of the beach south of the brick bathhouses delineated  by a rail fence and signs and including the south beach area. 
  • Owners or handlers must accompany their dogs at all times within the off-leash area
  • Owners or handlers must have a leash or lead at all times within the off-leash area.

Leash required 

Dogs, where permitted, must be kept on leash or lead under the control of the owner or handler, except in areas designated as off-leash area.  On leash areas include all parking lots, roadways and grass areas.

No dogs permitted

Animals are not permitted in the covered pavilion area of Compo Beach, on the boardwalks or in the area between the boardwalks and the exit road (including playground and volleyball courts) at any time.

More resources for a last minute beach visit

For dog owners looking to make the most of the next week, the website Bring Fido may be your next best friend. 

"Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido," the site says. "And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Connecticut where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand."

Compo Beach in Westport comes in at No. 2, and Fairfield stakes claim to two of the top three — Jennings Beach (No. 1) and Penfield Beach (No. 3). Amtrak Beach in Niantic and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison round out the top five, at 4 and 5, respectively.

Connecticut's coastal towns encourage dog owners to follow local leash laws and clean up after their dogs.


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