Payette is a tight-knit community that sits right on the confluence of the Snake and Payette Rivers in Payette County. It’s also just across the state line from Ontario, Oregon. What started as a construction camp for the Oregon Short Line railroad in the 1800s is now a thriving town with big character. Since Payette doesn’t have any veterinary clinics in town, you’ll have to travel 10 minutes south to Fruitland, or across the river to Ontario if your dog needs care.
It’s no secret that dogs and parks are a match made in heaven. Fur-tunately, Payette has a couple pawsome parks that your dog will go mutts over. Clip on your pup’s leash and head over to Kiwanis Park. She’ll love strutting her stuff down the paved walking path or romping around the grassy fields. This park has an amphitheater and hosts various community events throughout the year. Check the calendar to see what activity your pal can attend.
Central Park surrounds the Payette Public Library. As far as parks go, it’s on the smaller side, but pathways, benches, and gardens make it a great spot for a stroll.
Make no mistake, your pooch will absolutely love visiting Payette!
If your pup is begging for a walk, grab his leash and pay a visit to Centennial Park. This park sits on the banks of the Snake River and boasts beautiful green lawns and shade trees. Take a couple laps around the field so your pooch can get his daily exercise. Find a spot under a tree and munch on some snacks or throw a ball for your pup. If he’s still rearing to go, follow the Payette River Greenbelt. This dirt path runs parallel to the river and passes through some shrubs and trees. If he gets too warm, he can dip his paws in the cool river water.
Just across the Snake River, you’ll find the town of Ontario. Only a 15 minute drive from Payette, this community has a couple parks worth checking out with your pup. Clip on his leash and head over to the Beck-Kiwanis Park for a nice afternoon stroll. There is a ton of open grass space for your pooch to sniff and a pond for added beauty. For a change of scenery, stop by Lions Park. Take a couple laps around the lawn area so your pal can get in some doggy cardio. Before you head home, stop by Jolts and Juice for a quick pick-me-up. This dog friendly coffee shop has a wide variety of drinks and sandwiches.
Does your doggo love being out in nature? If so, plan a trip to the Ontario State Recreation Site. Located in nearby Ontario, this park is 15 minutes from Payette. Since it sits right on the west banks of the Snake River, it is a pup-ular area for boating, fishing, and swimming. Your four legged buddy will love wandering through the cottonwood and juniper trees. If she gets a little hot under the collar, she can splash or swim in the water. Although there are no rapids near the park, the river current can still be strong, so make sure she stays near the shore.
Next time your pup needs a walk, clip on her leash and make your way up to Weiser. This small town is 20 minutes north of Payette and is home to the Weiser River Trail. Starting in Weiser, this trail runs 84 miles east and follows the Weiser River. Watch your pup’s tail wag as he trots along and enjoys the river scenery. Several types of critters call this place home, so keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, heron, and waterfowl. Memorial Park is another pupperific place for walk. Take a couple laps around the open lawn area to get your dog’s heart rate pumping.
Nyssa is a small community about 30 minutes south of Payette. If you’re looking for a new place to walk your pooch, this town has you covered. South Park is lined with mature shade trees and has a large open lawn perfect for a game of fetch or just walking around. For even more grassy fields, check out North Park or Lion’s Park. When you are finished with your walk, stop by Thunderegg Coffee Company for a bite to eat. Order a sandwich, soup, or smoothie and chill out with your pooch at one of their outdoor patio tables.