Prairie du Sac is a small community in the Wisconsin River Valley. Its name dates from the early days of French fur traders and refers to its location near the Sauk Indian settlement that was there. Later, Prairie du Sac was established as a Yankee-English village. Today, the town is a dog-friendly area that boasts three veterinarians who are ready to see your pooch through any issue.
Sauk Prairie Recreation Area welcomes hiking and other outdoor activities with your leashed pup. Numerous neighborhood parks, such as Marion Park, provides greenspace throughout the Prairie du Sac community for gathering and activity. Your leashed pup is welcomed with you as you enjoy a stroll through the open grassy areas of the parks, or a restful outdoor meal on one of the benches or picnic tables. Veteran's Memorial Park allows dog-friendly overnight tent camping or a leashed walk through the large open grassy area and trees.
Stay at Merry Macs Campground when traveling through the area. The dog-friendly campground has a swimming pond that promises a cool retreat from the summer heat or take a sniff-tastic walk along the beach. Enjoy the great outdoors and some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll find in the Prairie du Sac area parks and trails.
Just one mile from Prairie du Sac, in Sauk City, enjoy the Meyer Oak Grove Park, a large open grassy area dotted with beautiful shade trees. Bring along a lunch and relax after your leashed walk with Fido. You'll love the August Derleth Park with paved trails and benches along the Wisconsin River. Your pup will enjoy following the sounds of birds and small wildlife along the way. The Bill Fuchs Park, a quaint neighborhood park, is a great place to enjoy a game of fetch or a leashed walk in the grassy open area. Take a leashed walk along the scenic 1.8-mile walkway next to the beautiful Wisconsin River.
You'll enjoy a leashed walk of moderate difficulty at the Spring Green Preserve State Natural Area, just 24 miles from Prairie du Sac. If you visit in the spring, you'll enjoy the beautiful wildflowers and cacti in bloom along the 3.2-mile walk. Ferry Bluff State Natural Area is great for a short leashed-hike with lovely views of the Wisconsin River and the river valley. This area is closed for bald eagle nesting in the winter months. Enjoy a glide in your canoe or a walk along the beach as you encounter a variety of wildlife and the beautiful blooms of the water lilies.
Enjoy the most amazing hiking spots when you visit Devil's Lake State Park, 11 miles from Prairie du Sac. The park has a variety of levels of trails. Bring along lunch and water and you and Fido will enjoy the picturesque views of the lake, bluffs, and woodlands. The South Bluff/Devil's Nose State Natural Area also has a variety of trails and each one promises a different reward for the trek. Dogs are welcome on leash. Baxter's Hollow, notable for the large area of deep forest and the mountain-like Otter Creek within, is your best chance to bypass the summer tourists and explore the quiet natural Wisconsin.
Nineteen miles from Prairie du Sac is where you’ll find White Mound County Park. White Mound is 1100 acres of pristine land surrounding a 104-acre lake, perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and swimming with your pooch. The park gets its name from a past village whose own name reflected the white mounds of limestone that appear in this area. An abandoned limestone kiln from the village can still be seen in the park. The 56 campsites here have fire rings, picnic tables, and water. You and your pup will enjoy leashed walks around the lake and throughout the campground. For more adventuring, visit Honey Creek State Natural Area for some serene, picturesque hiking. Watch for the beautiful waterfall and cave along the way.