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Tambark Creek Dog Park

Updated on March 15, 2015

A Visit to Tambark Creek Dog Park in Bothell, WA

Tambark Creek Park is one of the many great parks in the Snohomish County Park System.The park opened in 2013 and it includes the newest off-leash dog area in Snohomish County, WA. Since my border collies Hank and Tim and I are always looking for a good place to run off leash we decided it was time to visit for the first time on a cloudy October morning. As you can see from this photo at the entrance gate, my dogs were very excited to check it out.

On this page we're sharing some information about Tambark Creek Dog Park and photos from our adventure.

Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe
Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe
A very helpful book to read before going to a dog park. It includes how to evaluate your own dog's temperment, some things you should teach your dog and unfriendly canine body language to watch out for.

Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe - By Cheryl S. Smith

Dog parks can be great places for dogs to get exercise and socialize, but not all dogs have the proper training and temperament to visit a dog park. Before taking your dog to an off-leash dog area, make sure your dog has had some basic obedience training and responds well to commands. It is also very helpful to know how to read dog body language to anticipate potential problems. I found this book very helpful to identify potential problems and have sometimes left a dog park based on what I learned in this book.

Where is Tambark Creek Dog Park?

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This Way to the Dog Park - Walk the Bridge Across the Creek

A Footbridge Across Tambark Creek

From the parking lot on the west side of the park it is a short picturesque walk across a footbridge and down the path to the off leash dog area.

A View of Tambark Creek - The park's namesake stream

Tambark Creek
Tambark Creek

Tambark Creek

From the bridge there are views of the pretty little tree-lined creek that Tambark Creek Park is named after. Although the creek is small is one of many salmon spawning tributaries that are important to support the salmon population of the Pacific Northwest. The entire park is 40 acres in size and in addition to the dog park it has athletic fields, a picnic shelter and children's playground.

Dog Park Rules - Reminders for Keeping the Off-Leash Area Fun and Safe

Dog Park Rules

The rules for using the park are prominently displayed on a sign at the park entrance as a reminder to keep the park safe and fun for everyone.

A Wider View Tambark Park Off-Leash Area

A Place For Dogs to Run with Trees and Shrubs

The off-leash area isn't large - it is only about two acres, but it has a nice mix of trees and shrubs that makes it an attractive place for people as well as their dogs. It is fully fenced with a sturdy fence that is 4 feet tall and double-gated at the entrance. The trees will provide some nice shade on a hot summer day.

Waste Bag Dispensers at Tambark Park

Keep the Dog Park Clean

Fortunately waste bags are generously supplied in a dispenser at the entrance so there is no excuse for not cleaning up after your dog.

Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags Dispenser, Dog Poop Bag Holder Includes 1 Roll of 15 Lavender-scented Poop Bags
Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags Dispenser, Dog Poop Bag Holder Includes 1 Roll of 15 Lavender-scented Poop Bags
This handy little dispenser has it all. It has an easy to open screw top, a velcro loop for attaching it to a leash or belt and a clip for holding the used bags!

Doggie Clean-up Supplies - Handy Clean-up Bags and Containers

Although Tambark Park has clean-up bags provided, I always carry a supply with me attached to my leashes for walks or in case there is an "oops" moment between the parking lot and the off-leash area. After trying many different dispensers over the years, this has become my favorite.

So many great scents - so little time!

Exploring the Park

As soon as we get inside the gate, Tim and Hank do a thorough investigation of the entire dog park. I can only imagine what all of those smells must tell them.

A Chase Game About to Begin

The Alert Body Posture and Direct Stares are Clues

After spending a few minutes checking out the aromas of the park, I can tell by Tim and Hank's body language their favorite activity, chase games, are about to begin.

Another Dog Joins in the Game

Hank Meets Another Dog

Hank is my social butterfly who is the first to go meet other dogs and try to get them to play. The above photo was taken after introductions were made and Hank had given the other dog his play bow and the game was about to begin.

My Border Collie Plays with a Golden Retriever

GULPY Water Dispenser for Pet, 20-Ounce, Blue
GULPY Water Dispenser for Pet, 20-Ounce, Blue
This Gulpy pet travel water bottle is my favorite. It holds 20 ounces and includes a clip to attach to a belt and a basin for the dog to lap up the water.

Make Sure Your Dog Stays Hydrated - Bring Your Own Water

Although Tambark Creek runs through the park, the off-leash dog area does not have a fountain or water spigot for either you or your dog to get a drink, so be sure to bring your own.

Sit, Stay, Relax at Tambark Creek Park

Handy Benches for People

I usually walk around the dog park with my dogs. They tend to move pretty fast, so I try to keep up to monitor how everyone is getting along, make sure I clean up any dog poop and get some exercise myself. But for those who want to sit in the shade and relax, the park has these rustic benches. For more dog park reviews and to read about our other dog-friendly adventures in the Pacific Northwest, visit our blog, Adventures of Border Collies in the Burbs.

Please Leave Your Paw Prints Here! - We don't mind if your paws are muddy!

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    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      This park is well suited to dog freedom and it's gorgeous too.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      It's nice to see another place that welcomes our pawed friends.

    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      It looks really beautiful. Some dog parks are barely a small patch of land, and over used. This one looks really spacious.

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      6 years ago

      That is a lovely and big dog park to let your dogs romp in with their pals! Great way to get in their daily exercise! Nice and clean, too!

    • Stephanie36 profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      This looks like a fantastic dog park! You're lucky to have one like that. :)

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      6 years ago

      I have a Border Collie cross, but if she felt like it those fences would be way to short for her. She's been known to go over fences over 6 feet tall after her beloved ball or chasing something she shouldn't! She's 'in the zone' don't you know! Looks like a great place to go and enjoy the outdoors and cool page too. :0)

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      6 years ago

      Yes, I enjoyed my virtual visit to Tambark Creek Dog Park. Thanks for setting up such a beautiful park for Human's best friend. By this we do show respect to the animals.Great lens and thanks for it. Keep up this good work.

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      Aladdins Cave 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great Adventure for the dogs.

      Nice stuff

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      6 years ago

      A great place for dogs to Play!

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      sybil watson 

      6 years ago

      What a beautiful park! We have an Australian shepherd and he would love running around there.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens and a great place to take your dogs!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      I often wish I could experience a place such as this as my dogs do. They sense so much more than we could ever hope to. Maybe we would be overwhelmed, though, if we had as many sense receptors. Glad your dogs had such a fun and stimulating time. I can tell you are very good to them.


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