Desoto Dogs

Dog Walking Service – Fort De Soto Campground – Tierra Verde, Florida

The coolest website about Fort Desoto Park (besides mine of course)

My mom and I found this website today while getting ready for our “3 month tour” (get it, Gilligan’s island and three-hour tour..ok, maybe I’m the only one who get’s it). If you have been wondering whether or not to come visit Fort De Soto park, take a look at this multimedia presentation the St. Petersburg Times published back in 2005. It was quite a while back, but everything is pretty much the same. (beaches and parks are timeless, right?)

Be careful, because you will be dropping everything to plan your next visit and hopefully stay a few days at the campground as well.

(Warning: music is on autoplay when clicking to the website. There’s a “Music Control” button at the bottom left of the screen.)

St. Pete Times Presents a Multimedia Presentation

Home of America’s No. 1 Beach
Ft. DeSoto Park

Tour: A Day in the Life at Fort DeSoto Park
View: A field guide to the Beach                

St. Pete Times Fort DeSoto multimedia presentation

There are some amazing illustrations to see and they wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Dog Park of course!

The people who put this together did a great job. My mom says these are the kind of presentations she wishes we would do for our school work. Uh, yeah mom, they are PROFESSIONALS! It looks like I’m going to have to do some serious googling to even begin to carry out something like this.  And I got dogs to walk people!

These people’s websites:

Don Morris:

Desiree Perry:

Lee Glynn:

Mike Wilson:

Terry Tomlin:

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Friends of Fort De Soto

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Image by Jim's Photos1 via Flickr

The Friends of Fort De Soto do a lot to help the park out. You can check out their website and even join if you like at More active, is their facebook fan page where you can find a nice album of pictures from the dog park!

Facebook Page –

Facebook Dog Park Photos-

Membership Fees

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Fort Desoto Dog Park Rules

The Fort De Soto Dog Park  is the only Pinellas County dog park that has a dedicated beach area for dogs. There’s also an enclosed gated area for small dogs and one for large dogs. Dog showers and water fountains are easily accessible.
(beach entrance is at the far southwest corner of dog park)

However, there are some rules that every dog owner must follow.

Pet Rules*:

  • Park closes at dusk.
  • Patrons use the dog park at their own risk.
  • handlers are liable for any injury or damage caused by their dog (s).
  • handlers are limited to 3 dogs.
  • Dogs shall be licensed and vaccinated with a tag on their collar at all times.
  • Handler must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Children under 12 are not permitted without a responsible adult.
  • All dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the park.
  • Dogs must be under the control of their handler and attended to at all times.
  • Handler must carry a leash with them at all times while in the park.
  • Handler is responsible for picking up and disposing of their dog’s waste in designated receptacles.
  • Dogs in heat are prohibited.
  • No dogs under 4 months of age. Check with your veterinarian before introducing a new puppy to the dog park.
  • No aggressive dogs.
  • Handlers must stop their dogs from digging and are responsible for filling any holes their dog makes.
  • No excessive barking.
  • No bathing of dogs within the park.
  • No food or smoking with in the fenced area.

*Rules come directly from Pinellas County Website –

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Pet Area at Ft. Desoto Campground

Just a reminder that pets are only allowed in Area 2 (campsites 86-164) at Ft. De Soto Campground.

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Paw Plaground

Check out the virtual tour of Ft. De Soto’s dog park – PAW Playground – along with the section of beach where your best friend can splash in the waves!

Fort De Soto has the only dog park where dogs are allowed on the beach in a designated area. There are also 2 fenced in areas near the beach for large and small dogs with water stations – view dog park– (beach entrance is at the far southwest corner of dog park, not shown)
-Pinellas County Parks and Preserves

Pinellas County, Florida, Park and Conservation Resources – Virtual Tour Menu.

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