Tambark Creek Dog Park
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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.