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Rhode Island State Park Dog Information

State of Rhode Island DEM

Division of Parks & Recreation

2321 Hartford Ave

Johnston, RI 02919-1719

Rhode Island State Park Pet Policy



RI DEM Pet Policy 


Pets as Visitors in Burlingame State Park, Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and George Washington Management Area


RI DEM is pleased to allow you the privilege of bringing your domestic pet (limited to cats and dogs only) to overnight campgrounds in Rhode Island’s state parks and management areas. It is up to you, the pet owner, to act responsibly with your pet and to be courteous of other park and management area users to help ensure this privilege is always extended. Be nice to your pet, your parks and other park visitors. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Requirements for Pets and Pet Owners 

No more than two (2) pets per campsite. "Pet" means a dog or cat.

The owner of all pets is responsible for cleaning up and proper disposal of all animal waste.

All dogs must be wearing a collar with valid license tag. All cats must be readily
Identifiable (e.g. tags, tatoos or an ear notch). Owners may be required to show a current rabies vaccination certificate.

All pets must be under control at all times on a leash of not more than six feet [6'] in length.

Pets shall not be left unattended at any time. [Only pets being used for hunting or dog trials between September 1 and March 31 may be left unattended in a vehicle].

The release of any pet within any state park, management area, or beach is strictly prohibited.

Pets are prohibited from all state bathing beaches.

Owners shall make every attempt to keep their pets quiet at all times, especially between the hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.

Washing of pets is prohibited in any natural waterbody.

Specific areas within the facility may be posted as off-limits to pets. Pets are prohibited from the Burlingame picnic area from April 1 through September 30.
All escapes, bites to humans/other animals, and contact with wildlife must be reported to appropriate park staff.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a courtesy only. The governing agency may have updated policies not reflected by information provided here. We recommend you verify current pet policies with the relevant governing agency prior to your visit. strives to ensure correct information is provided. Please notify us at if you have updated information.

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