Man’s Best Friends Get Their Turn in Oakland County Parks and Recreation Wave Pools

The kids will be back in school, but the Oakland County Parks and Recreation waterparks are staying open for one more weekend to accommodate another group of swimmers — dogs.

Presented by Camp Bow Wow and Union Lake Veterinary Hospital and Pet Services, the dogs-only swims allow canines use of the wave pools before the facilities are shut down and cleaned for the season. The annual events will be held:

  • Saturday, Sept. 7 – Waterford Oaks Waterpark, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford
  • Sunday, Sept. 8 – Red Oaks Waterpark, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights

Dog swims are divided into 50-minute sessions beginning at noon. Dogs should be registered in the appropriate time slot, based on weight. Registration forms can be found under Events at All owners must show a valid Michigan dog license and proof of vaccinations at the time of event. Each time slot will be limited to 75 dogs. Check in is 30 minutes prior to scheduled swim. Health department rules mandate no people are allowed in the water.

Cost for pre-registration is $10 and includes a souvenir for the dog’s owner, waterpark entry, a swim session for the dog and contest entry. Contests will include best wet look and best swimsuit. Mailed registration must be postmarked by Aug. 28. Email registration to will be accepted through noon, Sept. 3. On-site registration will be $15, based on availability.

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