We let ours off the leash quite a bit while on the Washington/Oregon beaches. Never out of site and the german shepherd always has his training collar on. I did get a friendly reminder last year from a Tillamook county sheriff on the beach in Pacific City because that particular beach does have a leash law (however 3 miles north doesn't). "Beach" is one of the forbidden words in our house that has to be spelled out in front of the dogs because once they hear it, they're wired.
2013 Grey Wolf 19rr *gone*
2015 Grey Wolf 25rr
2008 Dodge mega-cab 6.7CTD deleted/tuned