Our friends over at the Washington Legal and Historical Center have compiled a nice list of Washington State ordinances relating to pets. There are additional laws within the city limits of Long Beach [code] and Ilwaco [code] . Pet owners should also be aware that our beach is a State Highway and Washington State Parks owns and monitors land up and down the Peninsula, so the ordinances specifically relating to State Parks [code] are germane.
About those leashes…
Leash laws are not typically enforced on the beach, provided dogs are controlled and well-behaved. However, be aware that there is an 8-foot leash law here in Pacific County [pdf] and also within the city limits of Long Beach [code] and Ilwaco [code] , and Washington State Parks [code] with accompanying fines if Rover gives reason for the laws to be enforced.
Of course, any dogs without the best of manners should be properly restrained wherever they go, owners should clean up after Fifi or Fido (yes, even on the beach!), and everyone should be aware that the hard pack part of our beach is a State Highway.
Here’s a public service message we did with the City of Long Beach. Click it for a closer look, or grab your own pdf.