Tis' the season for the beach, but where can you bring Fido?

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Spring has sprung and the weather is only going to get hotter in the Cape Fear Region which means there's no better time than now to hit the beach, cool off and enjoy a dip.

Now is the time though that most of our area beaches have enacted their dog policies.

If you plan on bringing your furry friend to the beach, there are some policies you need to know so you don't end up facing some hefty fines.

For the first time in Carolina Beach, the Pleasure Island town lifted their long standing dog beach ban in 2017.

That rule stated no dogs on the beach from April 1- September 30.  A flashing sign greets tourists as they cross the Snow's Cut bridge with the new information.  Previously, Carolina Beach allowed leashed dogs only on the beach from Oct 1 to March 31.

Carolina Beach:

  • Dogs only allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m., must be leashed.
  • Not allowed on the wooden boardwalk or boardwalk business district
  • Previous fine was $50, now it is $250

Freeman Park:

  • Dogs on leash April 1 to Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 to March 31, dogs allowed off-leash as long as they are under a voice command, and owner is near.

Wrightsville Beach:

  • On leash Oct. 1 to March 31. No dogs April 1 to Sept. 30.
  • Fine is $250

Kure Beach:

  • On leash Oct. 1 to March 31. No dogs April 1 to Sept. 30.

Fort Fisher: 

  • Dogs on a leash allowed year-round.

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