Looking for some fun places in the Stevens Point Area to spend time with your four-legged friend? Find a tail-waggin' good time with our guide to dog-friendly spots in the Stevens Point Area.Header from @the_aussie_trifecta
Green Circle Trail
Your dog will love exploring the miles of trails on the Green Circle Trail! With multiple sections, you can choose which route you and your furry friend want to take, or choose to do the whole thing. The Green Circle Trail is open year-round, so you can enjoy in sun or snow.Just be sure to avoid the University Trail and Schmeeckle Reserve as they are not pet-friendly.
Stevens Point Sculpture Park
For an artsy adventure, visit the Stevens Point Sculpture Park with your dog. As a detour from the Brickyard Trail part of the Green Circle Trail, this half-mile segment is jam-packed with regional, national, and international art!
Tomorrow River State Trail
Enjoy 28 miles of beautiful rural scenery on the rails to trails area, the Tomorrow River State Trail. Or, if you're not the trail type, talk a walk around the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point campus where your pup will feel right at home with the Pointers. For fun parks for the whole family, check out Bukolt Park, Pfiffner Pioneer Park, or Iverson Park.
Dog Parks in the Stevens Point Area
Wags and Water
The Stevens Point Area is lucky to have the Wisconsin River and plenty of lakes nearby for fido and the family to enjoy. The Wisconsin River is the perfect place for boating, fishing, ice fishing, sandbars, and more that your pet can be a part of!Pets are allowed to swim in the river but must be on a leash until they get in the water.
Mead Park Dog Beach
For a dog-friendly beach, head to Mead Park on the west side of the Wisconsin River. This spot, which opened in the summer of 2020, offers an off-leash pet area with a place to frolic in the sand and water.
Pickerel Lake & Sunset Lake
If you enjoy the lake life, take your dog to Pickerel Lake in Almond and enjoy a walk surrounding upland wooded with oaks of varying sizes and ages. Let your dog have the time of their life by jumping off the boat landing at Sunset Lake Park.
Just to be safe, make sure to check local water qualities posted by the P.C. Health Department to ensure your pup isn’t swimming in green algae.
Bring 'em in!
There are some great places in the Stevens Point Area that let you take your furry friend right in with you. Shop with your pooch at The Companion Shop in downtown Stevens Point. While you're there, you can give your dog a bath at their do-it-yourself pet wash, let them run around the pet play area, or simply let them pick out a toy all their own! Afterward, you can make your way over to Bound to Happen Books on Main Street. A local indie bookstore with a cozy atmosphere. Browse the wide selection of books with your pup by your side. Oh- and if they are good, maybe they will even get a treat.
Where to Stay
If you need a place to stay with your pet in tow, book the Country Mission Farm near Lake DuBay where you can enjoy a private 4-bedroom country home where you and your pooch can enjoy the sites around you and outdoor activities available to you. If you're looking for a traditional hotel, The Inn at SentryWorld and Cobblestone Hotel & Suites are both great options in addition to other local stays.
Outdoor adventure more your speed? There are countless pet-friendly campsites and cabins in the area! Hartman Creek State Park even has a pet-friendly picnic area. Each campsite and cabin has its own set of rules for when you and your pup are visiting. Make sure you read them ahead of time to keep both you and your dog safe.
Some activities with your furry best friends need to wait until the weather warms up, and they are worth the wait! Take your dog to Belt's Soft Serve, where you can get an ice cream cone and your pet can enjoy a pup cone from this hometown favorite. For more fun in the sun and delicious food and drink, visit Emy J's Coffee House and Cafe and sit outside with your dog. If craft brews are more your fancy, sit outside at Central Waters Brewing Company, where you can enjoy their delicious beer and catch some live music with your pup by your side. Another great option - Stevens Point Brewery - has a dog-friendly beer garden called the Point Patio during the summer. For more, don't overlook patio seating at Hilltop Bar and Grill, Guu's on Main, or Bullheads Bar and Grill.
For dog-friendly activities in downtown Stevens Point, stop by the square and let your dog cool off in the fountain! During the growing season, bring fido and the family downtown for the Farmer's Market.
Things to Remember
To ensure safety and to follow state and local laws remember to:
- Always leash your pet (dog parks an exception)
- Pick up your pet's waste
- Keep all of your pet's vaccinations up to date
JOIN THE FUN
Share pictures of you and your pooch and their favorite Stevens Point Area activity with us at @StevensPointArea or by using #StevensPointArea. Then, keep exploring more fun things to see and do in the Stevens Point Area!