Dog pond in Pocatello is back open for dogs and their owners to enjoy


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POCATELLO — Canines can get some end of the season water recreation in because a local dog pond is back open to the public.

The pond in the Edson Fichter Nature Area was closed down because of liner issues. The broken liner prevented the pond from retaining water, according to a news release.

The nature area is managed by Idaho Fish and Game employees, and is now fully restored. The pond is less than an acre in size and is 12 feet in depth on the north end.

The dog pond served as one of the first amenities offered at the nature area. The area around it was created so hunters could train and exercise their dogs. There will be more finishing touches applied to the surrounding area next Spring.

The dog pond is located south of the community fishing pond.

Dog Pond Rules:

  • The dog pond is for dogs only. People cannot swim in the dog pond. Swimming by dogs and people is also prohibited in the fishing pond.
  • Dogs using the dog pond under the supervision of their owners do not have to be on a leash. The dog pond is part of a smaller recreation area that is a “no-leash zone” set-aside for people who are training or otherwise recreating with their dogs. However, dogs must be leashed in other areas of Edson Fichter Nature Area, including at the fishing pond. Visitors can refer to the signs and maps posted at the nature area for clarification.
  • No boats or float tubes are allowed on the dog pond. Same is true for the fishing pond.
  • There is no fishing at the dog pond.
  • Know your dog’s limits with its physical activity and swimming abilities.
  • Please pick up after your dog.