Wells, Maine Dog Friendly Beaches

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A vacation isn't complete without the family pooch. Once you've found a pet-friendly vacation rental in Maine, the next step is to find out what beaches allow you to bring your dog. The first thing to keep in mind is that rules vary. Some beaches allow walking your dog at certain hours (usually the morning or late afternoon) while other beaches allow dogs at any time of day. Here is a list of Wells, Maine dog friendly beaches to help you plan your trip.

Drake's Island

One of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Wells, Maine is Drake's Island. Here your dog will love exploring the sea walls and water's edge. However, rules state that while at Drake's Island, your dog must stay on a leash. While this is a great option for Wells, Maine dog friendly beaches, there is another rule. During the peak summer season, no dogs are allowed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This means you can head out for an early morning walk or an evening stroll but can't bring your dog to the beach all day with you. Many beaches have these rules during peak season. If you travel to Wells, Maine outside of the peak season, you can bring your dog to Drake's Island at any time of day.

Wells Beach

key_west_dog_beach.jpgVisitors will love to take their furry friend for a long walk on the 2.5 mile Wells Beach. Just like on Drake's Island, all four-legged friends must be on a leash while walking along the beach. This is probably the most popular of the Wells, Maine dog friendly beaches, but there are seasonal restrictions too. During the peak summer seasons, dogs are restricted to early morning and evening hours. Feel free to walk your dog before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.

Moody Beach

The final option for dog lovers in Wells, Maine is Moody Beach. Just like the others, dogs are allowed on Moody Beach when on a leash. This is the smallest beach in Wells, measuring in at just 275-feet. Located south of Wells Beach, this beach isn't the best option for dogs, especially since property owners recently won a case restricting some of use of the beach from the public.

Local Guidelines for Dogs

No matter what beach you go to in Wells, the local police have set some guidelines for dog owners. The police ask that owners keep dogs away from Piping Plover nests while on the beach. All dogs must be on a leash and in the control of a responsible person (not a young child without supervision). Dog owners also must pick up after their dogs, with no exceptions.

Abide by these simple rules and your entire family - including your dog - will have a great trip to Wells, Maine. The one big decision to make is whether to travel during peak season or try and arrive just before or just after peak season so that your dog can be on the beach during the day.

 

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