Howard & Erna Soldan Dog Park

The Soldan Dog Park is an off-leash dog park adjacent to Hawk Island.  The Soldan Dog Park is a City of Lansing facility, which is maintained cooperatively with the Ingham County Parks Department.  The Soldan Dog Park requires the use of an electronic pass card (key FOB) for access into the dog park. 

The Soldan Dog Park is a beautiful natural setting with plenty of room for your dog to roam off-leash, with you close by, of course!  The park consists of more than 15 acres of diverse natural area complete with trails, a large pond, an expansive open field, pet/human drinking fountains, and a free dog washing station.  Please note smoking is prohibited in the park.


What You Need to Apply for a Key FOB

The Soldan Dog Park requires the use of an electronic pass card (key FOB) for access into the dog park.  Click here for a brochure that highlights the pass card system (FOB) and the purpose behind it.

You must present a CURRENT DOG LICENSE and PROOF OF RABIES when applying for a dog park pass.   

Click here for information on obtaining a dog license (please note key fob passes are available for purchase at separate agencies, unless noted below). 

Where to obtain a dog license: 
Ingham County Treasurer Office, Second floor, County Courthouse, Mason
Veteran's Building, First floor, 313 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing
Ingham County Animal Control, 600 Curtis Street, Mason (Key Fob passes also available for sale at this location)
Various Ingham County Veterinary Offices, click here for a complete listing

If you already have the dog license and proof of rabies, you may apply for a key fob at Ingham County Parks Department, Ingham County Animal Control, and City of Lansing Parks & Recreation, see below for business hours and locations). 

Key FOB Fee

 $30   Twelve Month Pass   
 $15    Student/Senior (60+)/Veteran/Owner of Service Animal  
 $5    Daily passes (only available when staff is present at Hawk Island gatehouse facilities)
 $5    Replacement fee for lost pass  

How to Renew?  Click here for renewal procedures.  Fee structure is the same as a new registration.

Daily passes are available for purchase only at Hawk Island when staff is present.  Twelve month pass cards are available for purchase at Hawk Island (only when staff is present), Ingham County Parks Department, Ingham County Animal Control, and City of Lansing Parks & Recreation.

Hawk Island
At Gatehouse, only when staff is present
1601 E. Cavanaugh
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 676-2233

Ingham County Parks Office
121 East Maple St,
Suite 102
Mason, MI 48854
Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
(517) 676-2233
City of Lansing Parks and Recreation
200 N. Foster Street
2nd Floor
Lansing, MI 48912
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm
(517) 483-4277

Ingham County Animal Control
600 Curtis St
Mason, MI 48854
Sunday & Monday Closed; Tuesday & Wednesday 11am-6pm;  Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 11am-4pm
Closed at lunch 1-2pm Tuesday-Friday
(517) 676-8370

Parking Fee

The Soldan Dog Park is located just north of Hawk Island Park in Scott Woods Park (a City of Lansing park).  The dog park's main entrance is through Hawk Island. You may also access the park from the west off the River Trail in Scott Woods.

Drive to the very north end of Hawk Island parking area, and then walk a short distance (with your dog(s) on-leash), past the Hawk Island Maintenance Building, to the main entrance of the Soldan Dog Park. Please note the entrance FOB pass is separate from the annual or daily parking fees collected at Hawk Island.  Please click here for parking fees at Hawk Island.

The dog park is also accessible through the City of Lansing’s Scott Woods Park, which does not charge a parking fee. Scott Woods Park is located behind the Sycamore Golf Course and Mt. Hope Cemetery at 2631 S. Clifton in Lansing.

Alternate parking is being provided by the Ingham Regional Medical Center at their Penn Campus parking lot.  Parking at this lot is only available on weekends.  Click here for directions to the alternate parking and a temporary permit.

Dog Park attendance has been much greater than anticipated.  Efforts are being made to secure additional parking in order to provide a long term solution that will render the necessity for temporary closings unnecessary.