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Oak Island, NC

Take your dog swimming at this beach!

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    Take your dog swimming at this beach!

    Special Interest: BeachDog ParkGreat OutdoorsOutdoor PlaySports - Water

    Oak Island (Map) has 10 miles of dog friendly beach with calm waters that’s perfect for swim. Dogs may romp off leash during off season. Many go to Oak Island to swim, fish, boat, kayak, paddle board, look for clams or participate in other water activities.

    Dogs are allowed off leash on Oak Island’s beaches from October 15 – March 15 as long as they are controllable by voice and non-aggressive. Otherwise, dogs must be on leash at all times. Please pick up after your dog and fill in holes left by your dog. Beach rules are published by the Town of Oak Island. Dogs and humans must stay off sand dunes.

    If you want to go kayaking or paddle boarding, there are a few launch points. The Point (6642-6957 Kings Lynn Dr, Oak Island, NC 28465-7949 Map) is one area to go kayaking or paddle boarding. It’s also a great place to go shelling. Other areas include SE 31st street and 39th Place West. You’ll want to avoid kayaking at these launch points during low tide.

    Nearby, Caswell Beach (Map) is another dog friendly beach. Dogs may be off leash from October to April after 3:00pm. They must be leashed during peak season except between dawn and 9:00am.

    If your dog needs an off-leash dog park to run around, stop by Salty Dog Park inside William S. “Bill” Smith Park on the island.  You’ll need to drive across a bridge to get to this island. Read more about visiting Oak Island ( GPS Coordinates: 33.9039237, -78.0818626 Map



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    Location: Oak Island, NC | North Carolina
    Activities: Beach, Dog Park, Swimming, SUP, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Off Leash Park, Fishing, Shelling, Clamming

    Items Needed: 6 Foot Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection, Cooling Vest, Sun Protection, Insect Repellent

    Safety: Sea turtles are known to be in the area. To protect sea wildlife, do not have your dog approach any turtles or dig up turtle nests, which should be marked.

    Remember to bring a lot of water and to keep your dog cool. You can bring cooling accessories with your and have a shady spot for your dog to rest.

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